ReviewWriter: Wilson ChongWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
Al Pacino films and Christopher Walken films
"Stand Up Guys" proves that age is no barrier to great acting. This movie stars some of greatest names among elderly actors. The three major protagonists are: in order of appearance, Christopher Walken as Doc, Al Pacino as Valentine and Alan Arkin as Hirsch. All three are legends in their own right and putting them together on one screen has created something as beautiful as Doc's paintings in the movie.
The plot starts with Valentine, or Val to his friends, being released from prison after serving 28 years. His best friend, Doc, picks him up and throws a party to celebrate his release. And it is one heck of a party. The duo go to various locations like the whorehouse, the coffee shop, the hospital, the pharmacy, the warehouse, the graveyard, the church, the tailor and the nursing home, to name a few. They reunite with Hirsch to relive their younger days. They go on various adventures, all within 24 hours from the moment Val is released from prison. If their adventures seem a little odd and too packed for one night, the reason is later revealed in the movie. Apparently, an assassin is hired to take out Val before the next morning because Val caused Claphands' (Mark Margolis) son's death. Ironically, that assassin is Doc, his best friend. Blood is shed at the ending, but the question is whose blood?
Special mention must be given to the astounding cast of this film. Combining the great legends is one thing, but to have an equally moving performance by the supporting characters is another. Christopher Walken with his trademark deadpan looks, Al Pacino with his punches (both punch-line and fist punch), Addison Timlin as the friendly waitress, Lucy Punch as the business-like madame and Alan Arkin's car drifting actions all made it enjoyable to watch "Stand Up Guys".
There are barely any special effects used in the film since there are no monsters or spaceships. The only effects used were for the guns and gun injuries suffered by the villains.
The movie is not suitable for younger audiences because of the violence, brief drug use, swear words and sexual references used. There is slight nudity when the trio found Sylvia (Vanessa Ferlitto) at the boot of the car which they stole from other mobsters.
In conclusion, this is one of the best movies with the worse cliff-hanger ending ever. Al Pacino fans would not be disappointed.Cinema Online, 18 March 2013