Righteous Kill (2008) – 6/10 police serial killer drama movie review

Cast / crew
Director and Producer: Jon Avnet
Robert De Niro: Turk
Al Pacino: Rooster
Curtis Jackson: Spider
Carla Gugino: Karen Corelli
Donnie Wahlberg: Det. Ted Riley
Trilby Glover: Jessica
Brian Dennehy: Hingis
John Leguizamo: Det. Simon Perez
Producer: Robert Cowan
Producer: Avi Lerner
Producer: Randall Emmett
Producer: Lati Grobman
Producer: Alexandra Milchan
Producer: Daniel M. Rosenberg
Writer: Russell Gewirtz

Righteous Kill (2008)

A veteran cop starts taking out criminals that have escaped justice but an escalation in his activity and the leaving of little poems by the victims indicates that he may be losing control of his sanity.


Pacy, efficient cop drama which takes a fairly unusual angle to this oft-considered subject of killing criminals who have sidestepped legal justice by making the perpetrator a full-blown psychopath (though the movie calls him a sociopath, which I believe is wrong, as there is strong moral recognition). Normally, there’s all manner of justification of a man whose sense of justice is so offended he is moved to act but not here, not really. Unfortunately, while the film is professionally put together, easily keeps your attention, is entertaining from start to finish and features a surprisingly awesome exit for Curtis Jackson, it’s not quite as interesting as you suspect it could have been and the ending feels meddled with. Is a psychopath killing unwanted members of society a bad thing? At least he’s not a sociopath, right? Is cop-assisted suicide a tidy and convenient tool? Righteous Kill never quite gets that far but it might have been a bit more memorable if it had continued exploring the path it started down.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue, sex scenes, graphic violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, substance abuse.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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