Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Boondock Saints [1999]

Director: Troy Duffy
Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe, David Della Rocco
Genre: Crime Thriller/Drama
Rating: Teen (violence, strong language, mild sexual content)
Comment: "Imagine if The Matrix was a crime thriller..."

Synopsis
Devout Catholic fraternal twin brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) are just your average joes living in a bad neighbourhood, until they accidentally kill some members of the Russian mafia in self-defense. They willingly turned themselves in and later released as heroes, but their lives could never be the same again. They are now convinced that they have been chosen by God to rid their city of crime and evil. They set out to do some vigilante work, all the while being pursued by a brilliant FBI Special Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe).

What to Expect
1. A both enthralling and disturbing presentation
2. Stylistic violence (that's always good for me)
3. Very interesting characters
4. Plenty of humour throughout
5. Awesome soundtrack and film score

What NOT to Expect
1.To not be able to think that this movie is cool

Review
One of the many great movies I've seen, but somehow overlooked. Now, don't take my comment up there the wrong way, the comparison I made with The Matrix [1999] was only to point out that both movies rely strongly on the "cool" factor to present their stories. There will be no bending of spoons here, or any physics-defying action sequences. What The Boondock Saints have instead are plenty of dialogue about morality, interspersed with awesome shootout scenes.


So if you're looking for a Guy Ritchie-like gangster movie, or something like a Jason Statham action movie, this might not be for you. Sure, some might argue that it's the action sequences that stood out, somehow giving the impression that the plot is written just so the violence can take place. But I disagree. It's a movie about vigilantism, of course you're going to see some gratuitous violence. But as far as crime thrillers go, this one has a lot more to offer than just the stylish use of guns.


Another thing to like about this movie, the characters. There's hardly a character that's not memorable, even the minor ones. Billy Connolly didn't make an appearance until much later in the movie, but even he isn't forgettable. But the one that caught my attention the most was the character of the FBI Agent, Paul Smecker, brilliantly played by Willem Dafoe. I'll try not to give away much details here, but remember Deputy Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) from The Fugitive [1993]? Paul Smecker is kind of like that, but brilliant in his own Sherlock Holmes kind of way.


Should you see it?
Depends on what you're looking for. If you want more than just a crime thriller that's entirely about some gangsta shit, then you'd definitely want to give this one a try. By the end of the movie, you should be able to appreciate its overarching theme; the ambiguity of good versus evil. Does the end justify the means? That's the real strength of this movie.

2 comments:

Az said...

Watching this one tonight! Wheee!!!

I never heard of this movie until I googled for Norman Reedus. The man (as Daryl) in The Walking Dead is just ace!!!

Mamü Miguel Ellezda Vies said...

LOL... What a coincidence, I happen to have a scheduled entry on The Walking Dead.

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