Oh for the days when Pacino and De Niro actually made good films. Righteous Kill sold itself entirely on the pairing of these two legends, and its a good thing it did because everything else about it is a mess. Its essentially a straight to video thriller by the numbers that somehow managed to bag two of the best actors ever, and i'm befuddled that this film is the one they chose to share scenes after 30 years and change. Calling Avnet's directon amateur would be a dear compliment, because at times he doesn't seem to know how to stage simple dialogue scenes, seemingly unsure who to focus on. The script awakens memories of a thousand charles bronson detective movies which people called dated 30 years ago, suprising because this is the same writer who brought us the deceptively clever Inside Man. He must have written this on a coffee break. As far as the acting goes, Pacino and De Niro are Pacino and De Niro; Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo look bored and Brian Dennehy looks glad to be employed. Ironically this will do well just because people want to see Tony Montana square of against Travis Bickle. I suggest you watch these movies again on DVD rather then going to see this.
P.S 50 cent is in it but i actually forgot about him in writing this review, hinting as to the impact of his performance