Stand Up Guys

I guess you know what movie I’m reviewing today based on the title.  Yet, more often if you’re reading this, you probably haven’t seen this movie.  The film “Stand Up Guys” was released earlier this year in February to a limited amount of theaters (700 to be exact) and was gone nearly as quickly as it was released.  Today the film is released on Blu Ray and DVD and I’m here to tell you why it’s worth your time to see it.

The film stars three legends: Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin.  Pacino plays Val, a man released from prison after 27 years of being locked up for taking the fall for his crew and subsequently causing the death of his mob boss’ son.  Doc (Walken) goes to pick him up from prison on the day of his release and is given an order by the same mob boss to put a swift end to Val’s new freedom, something Val already expects.

Before Val’s execution is completed, he wants to go out with no regrets and have one last day of living life that he’s missed for nearly three decades.  Doc is willing to take him up on this for old times sakes and enjoy his best friend’s last day.  In the process they go out dancing with some younger women at a club, visit their favorite diner several times (Val literally eats like a condemned man), spend some time and money on some ladies of the night and go out for a joyride at the expense of a fellow gangster’s muscle car.

In the process of their night on the town, they spring their terminally ill friend Hirsch (Arkin) to join in the festivities.  The good old days are back in full form for one night only as they break laws and some bones of others.  While all is fun and great between the three, reality sets in as all good things must come to an end.  Doc must carry out his orders due to loyalty to his boss, or does he?

What makes this film so great is not only the caliber of actors in this film but the overall story and message: family and friendship are the strongest bonds that last a lifetime.  “Stand Up Guys” has plenty of heart, humor and action.  As you watch the film you realize how great these three actors still are no matter what age they may be.  Talent doesn’t ever fade away.  In some cases it gets better.  The film leaves you feeling great at the end and doesn’t feel like a sob/bore fest that leaves you sad and depressed at the end.  If you love the works of these men or any gangster film for that matter, this one is definitely worth checking out.

It’s a shame this movie flew under the radar while other garbage such as “Hansel & Gretel” and “Warm Bodies” topped the box office at the time of this film’s release.  If you’re looking for a great film to watch tonight or this upcoming weekend, then look no further than this film.  Go to you’re local Redbox, scroll you’re On Demand service, or hell, buy it, but definitely check this film out.  It’s worth your time and truly the most underrated film of 2013.

Overall Score: 8.5 out of 10.