Rating: 2 stars
Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro don’t just make movies anymore. They make Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro movies. They’re always riffing off their past work and their iconic status.
I just checked out their imdb pages. The last real performance Al Pacino gave was in 2002’s Insomnia. For DeNiro, it goes even further back—to 1995’s Heat. (Don’t talk to me about Analyze This or Meet the Parents—those are meta performances: What if DeNiro was your therapy patient? What if DeNiro was your father-in-law?).
Of course, Heat is apropos—that was the last time the two titans worked together. Director Michael Mann carefully modulated their parallel lives—cop and criminal; hunter and prey—until a brief, but explosive union.
In Righteous Kill, DeNiro and Pacino are together all the time. They’re a couple of old school, tough-guy cops, long-time partners and best friends.
One thing I’ve always said—if you’re going to do a cop film, it better be a whole helluva lot better than an average episode of Law...