2 stars (out of 4)
It’s a bad sign when a cop movie tries for instant backstory with a hobbies montage up front, and it’s twice as bad in a buddy cop flick. One plays chess! One coaches softball! One rides a Harley! And they both shoot at paper targets!
Once the movie dispenses with this sitcom nonsense, it actually becomes a decent procedural-mystery during its middle hour. And here’s the funny thing: De Niro/Pacino teaming-of-the-titans aside, most of that hour’s crackle is supplied by John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, a pair of detectives who are both assisting and investigating De Niro/Pacino. Who woulda thunk it?
The post-crisis action and climax are stupid because there’s a twist that can only point in one direction. Wait four months for this one to pop up on Cinemax and see for yourself.