Excerpt: Valentine (Pacino) is an old con who just got out of prison after serving a 28-year sentence. His best friend and fellow ex-gangster, Doc (Walken) is there to meet him. The reunion is pleasant but slightly awkward. We soon find out that Doc is getting unrelenting pressure from a vindictive mob boss to put a bullet in Val’s brain in the next 24 hours or the consequences will be severe.
Conclusion: 'Stand Up Guys' can be rather contrived and uninspired, but its legendary stars help to elevate the material. The comedy is frequently lazy, but there is some genuine heart within the story's bittersweet themes. On the technical front, this disc has a very impressive video transfer and a strong audio mix. Though not packed with supplements, the included commentary and featurettes offer a solid amount of production trivia.
Conclusion: The quality of the performances from Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin is not lacking in Stand Up Guys . Unfortunately, the story, which is an uneven blend of character drama, geriatric sight gags and bloody action, crumbles under its own weight, leaving Stand Up Guys as a well acted disappointment. . What Do You Think?
Conclusion: Stand Up Guys might qualify as a pleasant surprise if it starred some unknown elderly actors, but with the likes of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in the foreground, it often disappoints. Even without high expectations, the movie's erratic stumble through genres does not add up to the feel-good experience it's clearly meant to. It's still worth a look, especially for fans of the cast. Just keep your hopes in check.
Excerpt: Late in Stand Up Guys , the recently paroled Al Pacino and his best friend and partner-in-crime Christopher Walken head up to a drug-and-gun-filled apartment to avenge the brutal gang rape of a woman (Vanessa Ferlito) they found bound, gagged, and naked in the trunk of a car they recently stole. Decency would dictate that this sequence be handled with gravity, restraint, and sensitivity.
Summary: Du skal være forberedt på en film, der bevæger sig langsomt, da den udspiller sig over et kort tidsrum. Den er dog særdeles velspillet og rimelig spændende. Men du skal dog være forberedt på en anden type film, end skuespillerne normalt er eksponenter for.