Ok, so Al Pacino (playing mild Al Pacino) is released from Prison after doing almost 30 years, and Christopher Walken picks him up from prison. Both gangsters are older than dirt, and Al is a bit upset that Walken basically has quit on life, as all he does is putter around his crappy apartment and go eat at a hole in the wall diner.Pacino isn’t happy about what has happened to Walken, and quickly figures out that the reason he lived through prison is the man he killed accidentally in a crossfire, who father is the local mob boss, and he wants Al to die the day he gets out. He wanted Al to serve every day of his sentance, then die as soon as he breathed free air, and he wanted his best friend to do it.
That is just an awesome setup.
Revenge is truly a dish best served Cold.
When Pacino figures this out, he and Walken have themselves a night out, a last night as it were, and Walken will kill him in the morning.
They move on to get their old wheelman out of prison, visit a whorehouse, and basically try to have Pacino enjoy life for one last night.
You know them, you love them, and its hard for either one to break out of that shell.
But the thing about it?
They do. You forget that its Pacino and Walken, and it becomes two old gangsters trying to make it through the night.
I enjoyed the “Wheelman” second act, its enjoyable, but I almost wonder if we needed it. Julianna is typecast, I guess they are in Chicago, or wherever ER was filmed ( Was not a fan of Chicago Hope at the time, and I quit on ER when Anthony Edwards got killed and Noah went crack-baby.)
The wheelman sub-plot is also a good bit of fun, particularly when they are just sitting around- and I love his line about he just drives, when the pair goes after the other gang.
Overall, the movie works. I enjoy watching two older actors being old, and its not forced or silly like in Vegas, a movie that is almost a parody of itself. Here both men are old, and you can almost hear the knees creak as they walk and talk. Muscle memory is the last thing that goes, so as they try to pull off a last hit on a minor gang, have sex, and assault the final boss.
This is just a wonderful self-contained movie, that I enjoyed watching, and hopefully wont have to worry about a sequel ruining.
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