With a God-inspired moral obligation to act against evil, twin brothers Conner and Murphy set out to rid Boston of criminals. However, rather than working within the system, these Irish Americans decide to take swift retribution into their own hands.
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There is no doubt that The Boondock Saints is at the top of my favorite independent films which now has a cult like following. What’s not to like about two Irish brothers who love to drink, play practical jokes on one another, and who also are appointed by God to rid the world of corrupt men? It’s vigilantism at its best, and their targets focus mostly on the Italian & Russian mafia. It’s myriad of characters all provide surprising moments leaving you to never know what is going to happen next. The Boondock Saints takes the viewer through a series of escalating events, great characters, and gritty violence which will easily grip your attention to the end of the film.
The movie introduces Connor and Murphy McManus, played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus, as twin brothers drinking by night and working in a meat factory by day in Boston, MA. There is little room to doubt these brother’s like to drink and have fun at the expense of others. Disrespect these two though, and they are quick to retaliate however they see fit. Rocco, a henchman for the Italian mafia, who is also known as the funny man, is close friends with the McManus brothers. Connor & Murphy eventually enlist him to help take out some key players in the mob as the film develops. Willem Dafoe plays agent Smecker from the FBI who is called in to investigate the first brutal murder of the Russian thugs. Agent Smecker’s open flamboyant personality is comical at times, and other times it’s downright disturbing. The script is well done in the fact that the entire dialog quickly draws the viewer into each characters charm or lack thereof.
If you are looking for a great action flick with over-the-top comic book like characters, outrageous situations, with some dark comedic overtones, then definitely give The Boondock Saints a watch. For a director’s first attempt at writing and directing, it is a well done professional film. It easily ranks at the top of many viewers list of action films, and as stated, has quite the cult following since its release in 1999.
There is something about combining dirty accents and guns that can make anyone cool. The ending and a couple scenes could of been a little more eventful, but other than that, it was a great movie. The brothers or "the Saints" were played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus. These two were just the meaning of cool. There were some side characters also who really knew how to to act. One in general is Willem Dafoe. He really took control of his character. Now Billy Connolly was in it shortly too and he was also pretty good even though he did get a big speaking part. The movie combines killing with the Lord. The only people the Saints are killing though are bad Mafia type guys. Once they are done, they say a prayer in their native language and put pennies on their eyes laying them to rest. Like a good guy, bad guy feel. The way the movie was filmed was fantastic. They would show the dead bodies killed by the Saints, then Willem Dafoe would say, "this is how it happened" leading into a flashback showing everything. The movie added some humor also because of the way people got killed. Nothing started right for the Saints, but in the end they did end up killing the guys they needed. The weak minded towards bad language would not enjoy the film because it has some pretty crude dialog, but it does fit well with the film if you know the culture. Overall, this film almost makes you want a gun for the Boondock Saints makes it look so easy to use one. But probably wouldn't be a good thing.
Despite being made in 1999, this movie is very well made. The plot is about two brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Normal Reedus), that try to get rid of criminals in Boston. An FBI agent starts to pursue the brothers because of a recent skirmish that left a few criminals dead. Even though the stories follows a simple plot, it is an entertaining movie and has a lot of humorous scenes. The aftermath of the fight scenes are hilarious. The brothers each have their own distinctive personalities that makes the movie very exciting. The movie has a very satisfying ending with a twist. I encourage people that love fighting movies with a little humor to watch this movie.