Sure, The Godfather made Al Pacino a star, but Serpico kept him one.
My father is a fan of Al Pacino and he always told me about a film where he was in called Serpico. I already knew the story of the film. It was about a policeman, Frank Serpico, who were the only honest man of his division, he believed in justice but all of the others around him were corrupt. He was the only one who doesn't accepted any kind of bribes, he not let himself take by greed and he had the courage to denounce the situation even knowing that everyone would turn against him. Sounds like a great story, but even with my dad always recommending me this film I don't know what took me so long to see it but I'm glad I finally did.
Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema no doubt, and in here his work doesn't surprise because he is amazing, once again. Serpico is such an interesting and complex character and Pacino is able to play him in such a cool and smooth way.
This story is very believable, and told in a very real way with the perfect atmosphere of the 70's, afterall it's based on the true story of Frank Serpico. Serpico is a fantastic film due to the fantastic direction of Sidney Lumet.