Happy Friday to everyone and a VERY happy birthday to my amazing brother, Shane! He’s the very best brother I ever had (and the only brother I ever had) and to honour him today on his birthday, I am going to recommend one of his favourite movies for tonight and let all of your guys know what makes it so great.
Boondock Saints is about two Irish brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus) who take it upon themselves to rid Boston of mafia members one by one to make the city and the world a better place. They start on this path when they happen to kill one mafia member in self defence, spend the night in prison and receive a message from God that they are to do his work and kill baddies. As these two vigilantes hunt down and kill gangster after gangster, they become something of a hero in the community: some people praising their efforts and some thinking that they’re just as bad as the people they are going after. Meanwhile, an eccentric FBI agent (Willem Dafoe) is hot on their trail, desperately trying to stop them before the death toll rises any higher.
This is the kind of movie that most people will either love or hate. It actually received horrible reviews from critics when it was released (it still only has 20% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes) but it’s become a cult classic. Some of that has to do with the poor timing of its release, as it was right around the time of the Columbine shootings and this movie somewhat glorifies gun violence. The Boondocks Saints was also criticized for trying to be too much like a Tarantino movie but it stands apart enough to be a unique entry into the action genre. That aside though, this really is a fun movie with some great action sequences and stylized scenes. There’s never a dull moment and it also has some great laughs.
Directed by Troy Duffy, this movie is about morality; it’s about the gray. In a world where some people try to make everything out to be black and white, good and evil, this movie explores the in between. At the same time though, it really doesn’t take itself too seriously. It can be difficult to find action movies that also integrate a good level of comedy, but this one really delivers. The cast come together to create a truly genuine atmosphere and the brothers couldn’t have been cast better (especially Norman Reedus!). Even the supporting cast is great here. I particularly like David Della Rocco as Rocco and Billy Connolly as Il Duce. One of my favourite parts of this movie, however, is Willem Dafoe’s characters, Paul Smecker, who is a gay FBI agent specializing in organized crime and trying to catch the brothers. His performance in this is wonderful and he plays such a well developed character.
Overall, this is a great action flick. It’s unique, well acted, incredibly fun, and filed with some really intense action sequences. Give it a watch tonight and let me know what you think!
One of Shane’s other favourite movies is The Fantastic Mr. Fox (which is amazing!). Check that review out here.