Would anyone be talking about this moving if it didn’t star Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino, say it with me now, on screen for the first time since 1995’s Heat? Let’s be real, neither of these screen legends have played any sort of character other than themselves for the past 15 years, maybe even longer.
Think about this, other than DeNiro’s comedic turn in Meet the Parents name me another movie where he wasn’t essentially playing Bobby DeNiro? And forget about Al Pacino. In this johnny come lately world, I hate to admit it but these guys have been coasting on their reputations for the past 30 years.
Now flash forward to this new flick, which is being milked for all the two screen legends’s worth. It’s a pretty rote cops investigating a serial killer who may be one of their own kind of deals. It also stars the vastly underrated hottie, Carla Gugino; Brian Dennehy, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo all make appearances.
The director is Jon Avnet, who’s spent most of his career as a TV executive. He has directed Fried Green Tomatoes, and um, well, I hesitate to say this guys but the Lifetime Original miniseries, The Starter Wife, starring the vastly overrated hottie Debrah Messing.
Empire Magazine recently had a first look at exclusive photos of the screen legends in action. It got lots of blogs and publications all fired up, but after watching this trailer and that god awful synthesizer 80’s cop music, my expectations for this movie just disappeared faster than a donut in Bobbie DeNiro’s presence.
Update: Trailer removed at the request of Millenium Films lawyers.? This is an email I got from them:
This office is General Counsel for Nu Image, Inc., and it affiliates.? It has come to our attention that there is a streaming video promo of the film “Righteous Kill”: on your web site.?
Millennium Films, a subsidiary of Nu Image, Inc., is the copyright holder in this motion picture.? Accordingly, we demand that you cease and desist from allowing this trailer to be played on your web site.? If such is not done within three business days, we will take all appropriate action to protect our rights, including, but not limited to,?filing a lawsuit and seeking injunctive relief.
Makes you wonder had the trailer been any good or if this movie didn’t look like a piece a shit they would be asking to take it down.? I guess there really is such a thing as bad publicity in Hollywood.