THEY DON’T MAKE ‘EM LIKE THEY USED TO.
After doing time for murder, Val (Al Pacino) is released and reunited with his old friend and partner (Christopher Walken)… who has a secret, heartbreaking agenda. A film that goes all-in for old-school charm in a story about geriatric gangsters that still know how to strut their stuff, even though dark clouds hang over them. Their reunion is episodic and silly, but director Fisher Stevens makes the film hold up pretty well. Pleasant and harmless, but it would never have worked this well without its two stars who give the old veterans a bittersweet aura; Alan Arkin is also fun as another retired gangster.
2012-U.S. 95 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Fisher Stevens. Song: “Not Running Anymore” (Jon Bon Jovi). Cast: Al Pacino (Val), Christopher Walken (Doc), Alan Arkin (Richard Hirsch), Julianna Margulies, Addison Timlin, Vanessa Ferlito.