Blast From The Past: The Boondock Saints [1999]

by Nicholas Robinson

Irish brothers Connor (Sean Patrick Flannery) & Murphy McManus (Norman Reedus) live and work in Boston. Feeling that God’s will to rid Earth from all human Evil was given to them as a mission; they set out to do their divine deed. A public outcry is never heard, and even FBI agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), who follows their trace of bloodshed, admits that the boys are doing exactly what he secretly always has wished to happen. Risking their lives for their beliefs of Veritas (truth) and Aequitas (justice), the Boondock Saints are hyped by the public, for they are doing good, which only few dare to admit. –

Now, I first saw this movie a few months back after finally getting around to renting it after it being hyped up by my brother and I loved it.  I loved it so much in fact that when I heard that a 10th anniversary special edition was on blu-ray I saved up some cash and bought it ASAP.  The story was amazing, the action was pretty awesome, the direction was quite good and the acting was spot on.

The story, even though it was pretty simple and straightforward, was very creative.  It showed the transformation of an FBI agent and the journey of two Irish brothers and their friend, a package-boy named Rocco (David Della Rocco).It also throws in some mindless violence just for kicks.  The movie was very well written but the dialogue was especially well done.  Every scene and every line felt like it was necessary for the story to move forward.  For the entire one hour and fifty minutes, it felt like not one second was wasted and that is an accomplishment that few writers have achieved.

Now, I would like you to tell me if a movie has ever before shown two guys fall from a ceiling by accident, hang from a tangled rope and kill eight men with eight bullets, and is quickly followed by an FBI agent says that that shit only happens in bad television. That is some nice stuff right there.  That is only the beginning of the action.  The rest of the movie involves a guy jumping off a five story building onto a man, an enormous firefight between just four people and a dude getting shot multiple times while jerking off in “an adult entertainment parlour”.  If that is not awesome action then I would like someone to prove me wrong.

Even though some times during the movie, it felt like the director got lazy and just placed the camera down and shot at a plain angle, at other times he made you feel like you were there.  I specifically liked that before they actually show you the action, Troy Duffy shows you how FBI Agent Smecker figures out exactly what happened while interweaving the two scenes.  It was just brilliant.  Overall however, the direction was just above average.

All of the acting in this movie was amazing.  Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery show us perfectly how devoted servants of God can kill people but still don’t feel any way about it (unless them thinking they’re doing good counts).  Willem Dafoe does an amazing job of being one of the smartest policemen I have ever seen depicted on television while still weaving his fun side into it.  He also shows the transformation of his character from a by-the-book agent to someone who helps the very same people he was trying to catch.  Il Duce (Billy Connolly) had about ten lines in the entire movie.  He was still amazing.  What he didn’t say, he communicated effectively through his actions, gestures and just the general look of him.

Overall, this is a must watch for any action fan and lover of movies.  In fact, I’m so excited for the sequel that came out last year (damn Jamaica for not bringing out good movies!!!) that I’m prepared to shell out my cash for it on blu-ray next month without even seeing it.

IMDB says 7.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes says 16%

I say 9.0/10


~ by sputnikreviews on February 13, 2010.

One Response to “Blast From The Past: The Boondock Saints [1999]”

  1. Yea.. oh yea. I agree. (Told ya on the game site that I just got turned on to this flick too – My tip was because Spencer’s Gifts store had a lot of Boondock Saints paraphenalia on sale.. made me wonder about it.)
    Unique camera angles REALLY added a lot to this. It was impressive work.
    Only thing for me to add is that in my opinion, Agent Smecker was not only brilliant, but a little insane too. Like genius crazy.

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