Mars Movie Review – Stand Up Guys


Movie Info: Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys’ legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all. — (C) Lionsgate

Mars Review: Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin play the film’s three flamboyant leading characters with a tacit admission that the tongue-in-cheek crime drama at hand reflects the disappearance of their own group of iconic actors. For those in step with Stand Up Guys’ hokey comedy, there is a lot to enjoy, despite some predictable predicaments – and the inevitable Viagra joke – the film is clever in the way it deals with the high cost of mob connections and the even higher cost of old age. Standout performances from these three old-timers proving that losing a step can’t keep you off your feet.

Stars: 3 out of 5