We received Righteous Kill as a gift on DVD-no Blu-Ray here yet! Because the critics had panned the film, we were reluctant to watch it. Then one cold Fall evening, we popped it in and spent an enjoyable 101 minutes watching what turned out to be, a very good film. The movie starts Al Pacino and Robert De Niro-two senior detectives in the NYPD Homicide Division. Brian Dennehy in a supporting role as Lieutenant Hingis, plays his role with his usual understated perfection.
50 cents in his role as Spider, a ruthless pimp and dealer, offers us a glimpse of real talent on the big screen. The plot evolves slowly, and opens with De Niro reading a statement about all the events leading up to the capture of a serial killer who targets criminals. As the film progresses we are treated to some fine interactions between Pacino and his partner. Both men are at the top of their game and play their roles beautifully.
Carla Gugino who plays Karen Corelli, a NY detective, gives a credible performance as a woman caught between suspicion and love. When she discovers her suspicions are correct, her life is now expendable, as the killer savagely attacks her, hoping to silence her forever. Slowly, as the plot unwinds, the tension builds relentlessly, until in a surprise twist, the killer is finally revealed. I've tried not to give too much of the plot away for those who haven't seen Righteous Kill yet.
This is perfect for watching when you have an evening at home and want something that both entertains you and causes you to ask yourself some heavy questions. This one is well worth watching, despite what the critics say.