Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, working together for the first time since Heat (1995), are veteran New York City cops trying to track down a vigilante serial killer. Watching these old pros play longtime buddies is a pleasure, especially since they're together in most scenes. But this thriller by Jon Avnet (88 Minutes) is mostly by the numbers, and its surprise ending, though effective, feels somewhat forced. Avnet explores some dark corollaries between police work and sadomasochism, but they're eventually shunted aside by the plot machinations. With Carla Gugino, Curtis Jackson, Brian Denehy, John Leguizamo, and Donnie Wahlberg. 100 min.
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