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Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2009

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"Righteous Kill" (Blu-ray)

movie-january-2009-righteous-kill.jpgSynopsis

Turk (De Niro) and Rooster (Pacino) are detectives in the NYPD and both are about to retire, but one last case is haunting them, and they won't leave the force until they solve it.

A serial murderer is killing people who have committed crimes and gotten away, either never prosecuted, or acquitted when they should have been found guilty. The killer always leaves a poem with the body that justfies the "execution".

The NYPD seems to be at a loss for finding the killer, and then, slowly, Turk becomes a suspect.

Rooster defends Turk, but two other detectives, Simon Perez (Leguizamo) and Ted Riley (Wahlberg) are persistent in their attempts to prove that Turk is their guy.

Meanwhile, the bodies continue to pile up.

 

Specifications

  • Anchor Bay
  • 2008, Rated R, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
  • Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy
  • Directed by John Avnet
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

It's supposed to have a surprise ending, but about 2/3 of the way through, you will figure it out. Nevertheless, De Niro and Pacino show once again how good they are when paired in movies together. However, it really is just a vehicle for their talent, as the story really is not all that exciting and certainly runs a slow pace. As a result, this is a ho hum cop movie with a couple of the best actors in the world.

Technical

Nice sharp image, but not much surround sound use. I am surprised at how many movies have limited surround. It's such a great opportunity to envelop the viewer, and they don't bother to use it.

Extras

These include An in Depth Look at Righteous Kill, Director's Commentary, and An Exploration of Cops and Killers.