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Boondock Saints (Unrated Special Edition)

A movie directed by Troy Duffy

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"We-could-kill-every-one!" "...I'm strangely comfortable with it."

  • Jun 29, 2005
The Boondock Saints has blindsided me, though not enough to realize its not perfect.

Haven't you ever been sitting around with some friends or family watching the nightly news, grimacing in disgust as low life child molestors or murdering crooks breeze their way through the system, eventually making their way back on to the streets. While you watched, did you have a passing thought or even verbalized what you would do if you could get your hands on the scum? The Boondock Saints carries this out to its fullest. Two brothers lay asleep on a stormy night, when suddenly they recieve a message from God to destroy to evil doers of their city. Thus, the massacre begins.

William Dafoe plays a very confused gay FBI agent, that apparently dislikes gays. He is a massive highlight to Boondock, as he prances around barking orders and slowly spinning towards insanity trying to figure the motivation of the Saints. In this world no one kills bad guys just because they're bad guys, do they? He might like the idea...

The imperfections, according to this reviewer, come in with some massive improbabilities as far as furthering the story. Basically some Deus Ex Machina's and some downright luck. But, hey I guess that could be said about most movies anyway. No one watches Big Fish or Wizard of Oz because its probable.

The most unexpected and hilarious moment come with the execution of a cat, and the response the frustrated Rocco gives to its owners. Almost every scene has a good laugh.

I am a MASSIVE Sean Patrick Flannery fan. I think that with the right material he could quickly be an A-lister. The Critically bashed, Hugely underappreciated, and mis-studied film "Powder" is one of my top ten favorites. You can also see him in The Grass Harp. In Saints, alongside Norman Reedus, they wreak havoc on the wicked. They are both perfectly cast and pull off dead-on Irish lib. Billy Connely (The Last Samurai) is a character that would make Hannibal check over his shoulder, but the difference between them is blatant and surprising.

Troy Duffy, with all of his frustrations (as illustrated in a documentary that garnered more screen time than this film) has pulled off something cool and different.

I don't see the Resovior Dogs comparison, which I have watched about a dozen times. I guess the Pulp Fiction comparison comes with some of the violence (Pulp's was off screen almost entirely, if you think about it) or the back-and-forth story form. A comparison to "Frailty" would be more accurate, but again, my opinion.

Either way The Boondock Saints is not perfect, but in my adulthood there have been extremely few movies that I have watched repeatedly over a short period of time. In the past few weeks I have watches Saints 3 times, and I await to see what they do with the sequel. Sometimes imperfection's can make something even better.

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Charismatic young stars Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus play two Irish brothers, Connor and Murphy, who believe themselves ordained by God to rid the world of evil men. Their first killing is in self-defense; but after that, they start killing with devotion, gunning down a summit of the Russian mafia. Willem Dafoe plays a gay FBI agent (he listens to opera while examining crime scenes) who knows what the boys are doing but feels that their vigilante tactics are necessary. There's not much plot toThe Boondock Saints--it's mostly a series of violent scenes in which the boys are partially ingenious and partially lucky. The movie seems to want to provoke debate about vigilantism, but the scenario is too implausible to stir any real controversy. The peculiar mix of earnestness and machismo will not appeal to everyone, but it's certainly unique and may acquire a cult following.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Troy Duffy
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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