Year: 2012
Production Co: Cheetah Vision
Director: Jessy Terrero
Writer: L Philippe Casseus
Cast: 50 Cent, Robert De Niro, Forest Whitaker, Beau Garrett

Back in the mid 1990s, we'd no more believe Robert De Niro would be going straight to DVD one day than we'd dream Bill Murray would be talked up for a best actor Oscar. But a distinct rot started to eat away at De Niro's ability to choose decent roles.

It could be argued he hit rock bottom with Righteous Kill. After Heat, you'd think the cine-literate audience would queue around the block to see his first re-teaming with Pacino, but after Stardust, Hide and Seek, Godsend, 15 Minutes and 88 Minutes (bit of a theme there?), it seemed we were tired of them both, Righteous Kill tanking in the US and going straight to video in many other territories.

So Freelancers is just more of the same low rent cop drama tripe he's been coasting through for years now. He plays a cop who runs a corruption ring where senior members of the force enjoy the largesse from drug money, exclusive and expensive hookers and more. A former gangster turned cop (50 Cent, as shuffling and incoherent as he's always been on screen) falls in with De Niro's crooked capo because the latter was his dad's partner and good friend.

Together with his unhinged partner (Whitaker), Fiddy enjoys life for a while but when he starts to understand why his father was killed he starts gunning for revenge.

It's cliched nonsense from beginning to end, and without 'stars' of this 'calibre' attached it wouldn't have made it out of the first scriptwriter's group reading. If many more of these don't put the final nails in De Niro's career who knows what will?

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