Righteous Kill

Everyone respects the gun!

Reviewed by: Alicia Glass
Published on: February 27, 2022
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034331/ (URL is not moviemoxie.net)
Available on: Netflix
Content release date: 2008-09-12

Review Rating: 7.5

An iconic pair of NYC detectives investigate the possible connection between a recent murder and a case solved years ago that has a very similar MO.

Finally, finally, we have the ultimate in acting duos together in a movie again. Mr. De Niro and Mr. Pacino always rock when they’re together, and Righteous Kill isn’t a bad movie to show off their fantastic star power when together.

Most of the movie is presented in a “this is who did it, he confessed, therefore we know he did it” kind of fashion. However, if you’re any kind of movie buff, you can pretty much tell right from the beginning that that isn’t the case. If you don’t mind that, basically guessing the entire plot of the movie 10 minutes into it, then off we go!

The case long ago dealt with a murder and a four-line note poem justifying it. And, recently, the detectives came across another murder just like that. A serial killer who targets criminals who fall through the cracks of the justice system, essentially a vigilante. Gee, this doesn’t sound like a setup, nope, not one bit.

It’s quite interesting to see a cop movie where Al Pacino is actually (for the most part) portrayed as the quiet and calm policeman, and Robert De Niro is actually the psycho who turns on you at a moments notice. Not that it’s unheard-of, just that we generally expect that more often of Pacino.

“Most people respect the badge. Everyone respects the gun.”

I bet this latest installment of the talent of Pacino and De Niro will, at the very least, get more respect than 88 Minutes did.