REVIEW: STAND UP GUYS

Starring

Al Pacino (Devil’s Advocate)
Christopher Walken (The Prophecy)
Alan Arkin (Get Smart)
Julianna Margulies (Ghost Ship)
Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad)
Katheryn Winnick (Bones)
Vanessa Ferlito (Death Proof)
Addison Timlin (Depraved)
Lucy Punch (The Wedding Video)
Keone Young (Crank)

Al Pacino, Alan Arkin, Christopher Walken, and Katheryn Winnick in Stand Up Guys (2012)Doc (Christopher Walken) picks up his old friend Val (Al Pacino) from prison. At Doc’s apartment, while Val is in the bathroom, Doc approaches him with a gun but does nothing. They go for coffee and Val says he wants to “party.” They go to a brothel but Val cannot perform, so Doc and Val break into a pharmacy and steal several bottles of drugs. Val overdoses on Viagra, has sex with a whore named Oxana and they go to a club. Val takes some of the other drugs to get a buzz. Two thugs approach them, apparently for nothing, and they leave. Val passes out in the car and Doc considers killing him again, but takes him to the hospital.Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in Stand Up Guys (2012)The nurse they see is the daughter of their old friend Richard Hirsch, who tells them he lives in a retirement home. Thereafter, they go to a local diner where Val correctly guesses that Doc is to kill him. Doc says he’s been given until 10 a.m. to do the job, or else he will be killed as well. Outside, they steal a car and they go to get Hirsch, who had once been their getaway driver. Hirsch (Alan Arkin) gets behind the wheel and into a highway chase with the police. When asked what he wants to do next, Hirsch says he’s never been with two women, and they go back to the brothel. Hirsch gets his threesome, but says he feels guilty despite being a widower.Christopher Walken in Stand Up Guys (2012)After they leave, they hear sounds coming from the trunk. They find a naked woman named Sylvia, who was kidnapped by men who raped and kidnapped her. Sylvia tells them where the kidnappers are. Val and Doc go inside and subdue the men. After tying everyone up, Sylvia comes in with a baseball bat for her revenge. Back at the car, Doc and Val find that Hirsch has died. They break the news to Nina, who helps the two bury her father at the cemetery. Doc and Val return to the diner, where the young waitress is revealed to be Doc’s granddaughter Alex. Doc makes a phone call to Claphands (who ordered him to kill Val), begging him to show Val mercy. Claphands reveals that he knows about Alex, and that he will hurt her if Doc doesn’t complete the job.Doc writes a letter to Alex, puts his apartment keys inside the envelope, then pins it to the wall of the diner. Walking down the street at sunrise, Val spots a church and he goes inside to give a priest his confession. Next, they break into a tailor shop, where they try on suits. Two thugs working for Claphands (who approached them at the club the night before) interrupt them, pestering Doc to get the job done. Doc and Val shoot and wound them both. They both put on new suits and prepare to face the reality of the situation.  Alex enters Doc’s apartment and looks around. Doc calls her from a payphone and tells her the sunset paintings were inspired by her and has her retrieve a shoebox full of cash which he saved for her future. He tells her he loves her but that she might not see him for awhile. Doc and Val walk down the street; Doc has decided he can’t kill Val, so they decide to go kill Claphands. They open fire on his men and his warehouse and the camera pans over to the sunset which Doc painted.“Stand Up Guys” is a fun and great movie, which offers 95 minutes of great entertainment. If not for the good story, then the movie is well worth watching for the three stars of the movie.