Name: Robert K
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.