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Plot: Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 19 Nov 1999
This film had the sad history of being blackballed in the United States due to the incident at Columbine...which is a real shame, because it is a treasure...written and directed by Troy Duffy, Boondocks is set in Boston...it is the story of fraternal twin Irish boys Connor and Murphy McManus who work in a meat packing plant...when their friend, Doc, is being stiff armed by the Russian Mafia, the boys and their friends step in to help...and away we go! Two of the most interesting characters in the film are played by veteran actor William Dafoe, and a newcomer to the silver screen, David <more>
Della Rocco. Dafoe's character is Paul Smecker, a gay FBI agent specializing in organized crime...Rocco plays an Italian Mafia package boy who is a close friend to the Irish brothers...the central theme of the film is the indifference of good men...Connor and Murphy are not indifferent, and after helping their friend, Doc, the two embark on a crusade to rid the streets of Boston of criminals...with the assistance of their comical and zany friend, Rocco...This film had positive elements on all sides...humor...a moral message...and incredible actors...you will no doubt find yourself repeating the many memorable quotes from the film...I am a woman, and not at all into your typical "shoot 'em up" guy films...this is not another one of those films...it has become an underground "cult" sensation...See it...you will not be disappointed!
Great unusual action film (by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviews)
Very intelligent action movie, about two Irish brothers who kill 'sinners' to punish them. The movie is a bit different from the typical action movie, as it doesn't have car-chases or explosions. The action consists of stylish shooting sprees. It also has a fairly original idea that is utilized in nearly every action scene in the movie, and that should be used more often in action films; first you see the aftermath, the crime-scene, the police investigating, counting bodies, etc. After/as the police come up with theories to the crime, we see the actual scene, of the brothers <more>
punishing criminals. It's a different kind of vigilante movie. It's particularly gory and bloody, but this just makes it all the more realistic. In real life, there is a significant amount of blood when someone is shot in the head. The movie has some Christian subtexts, I think I've heard about five major theories about the whole movie's meaning. This shows, in my opinion, that there was obviously a lot of thought put into the movie. I'd recommend it to anyone who can stand the gore, even if they aren't Christians. 10/10
I know there's a lot of people who either worship this movie or hate it. Truth be told this movie is just a fun action movie with a good plot, great characters, and very good direction. Compare it to whatever you want, but you can do that with any movie out there. If you haven't had the chance to catch this flick, go out and rent it! it's one of those movies that shouldn't be missed. I guarantee that once you see it you'll be quoting it left and right. Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus have amazing chemistry together, and David Del Rocko just adds the comedic relief <more>
that makes the trio one thats hard to take your eyes off of. See the Boondock Saints and get ready to have a good ole celtic time. B
Somewhere between Tarantino and Ritchie lies Duffy (by ox95)
A fourth year film student with a chip on his/her shoulder will probably tell you that this film is simple, uninspired, derivative, gratuitous..... ignore him/her just like you always do and see this genuinely funny movie. It has an inspired performance by Willem Dafoe and enough new ideas to keep you glued. The social commentary should probably be looked at as more of a plot device than intelligent thought, but I found myself watching this movie repeatedly and enjoying it more the second and third time around. This is definitely a naughty pleasure for the movie enthusiast.
Great but not always new ideas - great realization. Entertainment in the tradition of "Pulp Fiction". (by chh.)
Preliminary remark: the comments refer to a pre-release version that was shown at the "Fantasy Film Festival" in Cologne, Germany, in August 1999."Boondock Saints" is a clever, funny, sufficiently violent movie with an overall high entertainment value. The story revolves around two Irish-American brothers and an excentric gay FBI agent awesome: William Dafoe . The brothers - devout Catholics - who speak several languages fluently and work in a slaughterhouse find themselves equipped with money and weapons and subsequently start their very own crusade against the evil men <more>
of Boston - professional killers, mafia bosses and drug dealers. The agent is at their heels from the outset, but he has to realize that justice is on the side of the brothers...This basic plot is the foundation for a highly energetic narrative: we get excellent and at times highly comic dialogues with a high F***-word ratio , running gags, and lots of crazy situations and plot developments that are as absurd as they are funny. The action/shooting scenes are well-choreographed with a fine eye for the detail, but it's the main characters, their dialogues and developments around which the movie is develops rather than the action sequences.On top of this, we get a fractured time/place structure that's already familiar from movies such as Kubrick's "The Killing" or Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs", but "Boondock Saints" takes it to new extremes - and thus it's fun to watch.Of course, the characters are a bit shallow every now and then and one would love to learn more about their background, but that's only a slight criticism. Overall, and measured by its own intention, "Boondock Saints" is great entertainment. More, it doesn't need to be.
This intelligent, crafty, dark comedy is a breath of fresh air. Though not completely original, this movie really works. The story centers around 2 Irish brothers fraternal twins , who wake up while spending the night in a prison cell, and are "chosen" to take out God's vengeance on bad guys.What develops is an excellent dark comedy/drama that explodes from the first frame till the last. Quick, fast paced camera work and excellent photography helps to move the story along. The action is non-stop and the dialogue, though very "offensive" alot of the "f" word <more>
, is right on target for the setting and mood of the movie.The showdown at the end is a little less intense then the rest of the movie, but still, nonetheless, works!The relationship between the two brothers is right on. Flannery and Remmus really do act like 2 brothers the fighting in the air shaft, hilarious .One of the main highlights of the movie is the performance given by Willem Dafoe. Diverse, witty, and totally hilarious. He delivers and excellent performance as the FBI agent. He is intelligent, comical, gay, and doesn't want to admit it right off the top, but agrees with what the brothers are doing. He had me laughing throuh the film...and seeing him in Drag...Oh, you just gotta see this movie.Though some plot points weren't totally developed, what happened to "F**k Ass? , this movie is still an excellent example of a lower budget movie that really kicks ass, and offers a fast paced, action packed joy ride.Check this movie out...It is well worth the time. I would like to get the DVD, and watch all the extra's that are on it. I would also like to get my hands on an uncut version.9 out of 10
Non-linear storytelling executed well (by stumblefoot)
I've always enjoyed non-linear storytelling. A number of people seem to have picked up on this aspect of the movie and thus dubbed it similar to Pulp Fiction though no one mentions Reservoir Dogs when this movie takes non-linear storytelling to a level beyond where Quentin Tarrantino was ever able to go.Now, certainly Memento came along afterwards and transformed the entire art of non-linear storytelling. However, Memento uses it to keep the movie watcher guessing until the very end, whereas Boondock Saints puts the pieces on the table, letting you try to put them together, but then <more>
will continue handing you pieces until the picture becomes clearer.Clearly the movie is designed to be over-the-top, both from Williem Dafoe's character to the action sequences themselves. Williem Dafoe makes this movie for me. The plot, which centers on religiously-inspired vigilante justice, has an air of being somewhat cliched, although I would be hard pressed to name another movie which handles it in this matter.I still fail to see how others consider this movie vacuous and without meaning, when its message about the pitfalls of our current legal system and the need for something that transcends it is quite clear. I thought the ending, in which various people are interviewed about their opinion of the "Saints" and how for some vigilante justice was an incredibly sensitive issue, made this point very clear.
It is easy to see why this screenplay created a buzz in Hollywood. Movies today are all about other movies. Tarantino references nothing but. He isn't the inventor of this, but he did bring it to a new level of self-aware irony.So its something when a script comes along from a fellow who knows nothing about other films. This is more a sketch for a clever book. But then he applies the same veneer as Ritchie and Tarrantino and the 'Go' guy. It is a reverse irony, a selfconscious goof on their own selfconsciousness. To make it obvious, he has our hapless murderers deliberately act <more>
like they were in a movie, often arguing about it 'Bronson always takes a rope.'He directs, and the results aren't pretty. He muffs all the effects he is quoting, but that is so entirely apt, so entirely what he is all about without knowing it it works.The key role here is played by Dafoe, who knows something about reverse self-reference. He played a key role in one of the earliest reverse self-referential projects 'eXistenZ,' and more recently in the very best, the gold standard: 'Shadow of the Vampire' a film about a film about filming vampires where the top level has the vampire as real. He knows what to do and since the director is weak, he does what he wants.His character is the cross between the detective who is trying to discover the story and the avatar for the director who is writing the story. There's a rather nice scene where he is anachronistically in the action, narrating it -- and getting it wrong.I'll take one of these over twelve McMullen brothers any day.Ted's evaluation: 2 of 4 -- has some interesting elements
Kickin' Crime Comedy-Drama, Contrite Commentary Make DVD Well Worth Watching (by dtb)
After watching the riveting documentary OVERNIGHT, I just had to rent THE BOONDOCK SAINTS to see what all the fuss was about. Troy Duffy's writing and directing style sports enough freshness, snappy dialogue, and inventive violence that it's easy to see why an impressed Harvey Weinstein called the script "PULP FICTION with soul." I was entertained enough by this stylized black comedy-thriller to bear with its nigh-comical overuse of the F-word intentionally so in one funny scene which, as one of our heroes puts it, "certainly illustrates the diversity of the word" <more>
and somewhat heavy-handed stereotypes, like Willem Dafoe as openly gay FBI agent Paul Smecker, swaying to Italian opera music on his portable CD while checking out a crime scene. To be fair, that bit and a humorous scene with Smecker in bed with a cuddle-happy partner are the only blatant references to his sexual orientation; the rest of the film focuses on Smecker's skill as an FBI agent, not his sex life. Dafoe is clearly having a blast as the title characters' tough, clever nemesis and reluctant admirer. Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery Young Indiana Jones himself, all grown up! are engaging as Connor and Murphy McManus, the "Boondock Saints" themselves. When these Irish Catholic brothers aye, from Ye Olde Sod with brogues and all, though Reedus' Irish accent occasionally slips clobber Russian mobsters who try to strong-arm the owner of the boys' favorite bar, their violent victory turns them into vigilantes and folk heroes in their South Boston neighborhood. The brothers truly care about each other and enjoy each other's company, which goes a long way towards making you root for them. Their knowledge of languages "We paid attention in school...Our mother insisted on it." There's a couple of nice Irish boys for you, obeying their mom! I should know, my mom's side of the family is Irish! :- allows them to devise all kinds of ambushes for crime families from every corner of the globe. I liked Duffy's CSI-like approach of showing our heroes about to get the drop on their targets, then cutting to the crime scene as Smecker makes his deductions, then flashing back to the McManus brothers' actual attack showing whether or not Smecker's theory was correct. I especially liked the hit where the boys and their loose-cannon friend Rocco David Della Rocco chews the scenery, but it's fun to watch him do it confront Il Duce our household's favorite Scotsman Billy Connolly as the Hannibal Lector of assassins...and maybe more... in a middle-class residential neighborhood, where Smecker literally walks us through the crime scene right alongside our heroes; he's like Rod Serling, Detective. Despite the movie's turbulent history, these ...SAINTS provide high-flying, straight-shooting, tush-kicking entertainment for action fans. Duffy's commentary track on the DVD is interesting and entertaining, too, though part of its appeal for me was listening to Duffy's tone of voice: it's the tone of a man who knows he's been a jerk and is trying to atone for his sins. Duffy might as well be saying nothing but "I'm sorry I was such a sh**head" over and over. The arrogant, insulting Duffy of OVERNIGHT is nowhere to be heard though he can be seen in a brief cameo in the bar as our heroes kick Russian ass as he showers heartfelt praise on his cast and crew and talks ruefully and without mentioning certain names :- about the near-impossibility of getting this violent indie a theatrical release in the wake of Columbine, battles with the ratings board because of said violence, and making the film on a low budget Miramax was going to provide Duffy with a $15 million budget, but he ended up with Franchise Pictures and a super-tight $6 million budget. One of the thorns in Duffy's side was wanting to use classic rock songs in the film and finding out he couldn't because the rights to each one cost millions of dollars . A while back, Duffy announced plans for a ...SAINTS sequel with Reedus, Flanery, and Connolly reprising their roles; it'll be interesting to see if he can get that off the ground. If he does, I'd be glad to check out the further adventures of South Boston's favorite working-class vigilantes.