Must Watch: First Righteous Kill Trailer
A trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2008 - or the decade, really - has finally been unveiled. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino will finally share the screen together in Righteous Kill. Honestly, I had to watch this a number of times, as initially I paid no attention to the plot, being so distracted by the simple visage of these two greats interacting with one another - almost tantamount to a Batman-Superman movie. But I fear that's where the appeal will end.
The story seems no more interesting, really, than a Law and Order episode. De Niro and Pacino are weathered cops after a vigilante killer, who appears to be targeting their previous collars. It's hard to garner much more from this eye-candy of a trailer, so perhaps screenwriter Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man) has some twists in store. The two 60-somethings at least play around with some big guns (metal, not muscle).
Most might remember the two had top billing in 1995 classic Heat. Despite the clever marketing, De Niro and Pacino had just a fleeting moment of interplay at the end of the film. Not exactly a satisfying display, which is why Kill is so anticipated.
Watch the trailer for Righteous Kill:
Joining the two is a fairly forgettable supporting cast: Donnie Wahlberg, Carla Gugino, John Leguizamo and Brian Dennehy. Included in this group is also the very polarizing Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Err... that's an odd choice. While the other folks can fade into the background more or less, 50 Cent draws a bit more attention by virtue of his persona and lack of acting ability. Thankfully, they've left him out of the one-sheet, despite promotional pics to the contrary.
Righteous Kill is directed by Jon Avnet of Fried Green Tomatoes, The War, and 88 Minutes. The film is being released by Overture Films and is produced by a number of pretty uninteresting folks. Ah well. It's De Niro and Pacino! Righteous Kill arrives in theaters on September 12th.