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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Movie Review: The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day

After a "shocking display of vigilante justice" (which occurred in the first movie) the Brothers MacManus, dubbed "The Saints," move to Ireland to live their lives in peace. However, the murder of a priest that directly taunts the Saints draws them back from their solitude and back to Boston. As you may have guessed, after that the bullets start flying and the bad guys start dying.

I suppose I should stop there and say that if you haven't seen the original Boondock Saints movie then you probably should before even thinking about seeing this movie. But then again, how often do people even see sequels before the original? Is this a caveat that even needs to be said?

Anyway, when my wife and I planned to see this movie she wanted to watch the first movie again. I was thinking that we've already seen it, like, 15 times, so why would I need to watch it again? But watching the first one again actually proved useful. I had reached my limit of viewings of the movie and started noticing the flaws in the first movie more than ever. I'm not saying that I still don't love the first Boondock Saints, but acknowledging its flaws helped me prepare for the same flsws in the second movie.

My big complaint is with the action in the movie. The movie includes some great stunts, but overall the action itself is lacking. Generally the action scenes are just shots of people either shooting their gun or getting shot. There's rarely any ducking or strategy to the battles and either the gunfights end too quickly to appreciate them or you never get a feel for the setting of the battle and where people are positioned. In the end, the action feels like people randomly shooting their weapons.

This movie also moves too fast in the beginning. It's obvious Director Troy Duffy know where this movie is headed and what the audience wants. The movie races to get The Saints from where they start to where the audience wants them to be. I generally approve of movies not lollygagging to get to the main plot, but this was at lightning speed. There was no time to take a breath and it leaves us unable to appreciate the somewhat clich├ęd scene where the Saints get back into their vigilante garb. Couple that with how quickly the Saints meet and accept their new sidekick and you start wondering if Troy Duffy's taxi's meter was running during the filming of the opening scenes.

The humor in this movie is as funny as the first, but it can be a little over the top. Some people may not like this, but I didn't mind it. If you found the humor in the first movie funny, then you'll find this movie funny. But that's the case with all components this movie.

This movie has the same feel as the first movie and also adds some back story to satisfy the more hardcore fans. If you enjoyed the action, plot, and humor of the first movie then you'll enjoy this sequel. It's really that simple. I suppose I could have saved us some time and said that to begin with.

The Good: An interesting plot in a similar style to the first movie. There's good action stunts and some funny moments. An overall enjoyable experience.

The Bad: No (female) nudity. The action itself can be a bit stale. Some of the humor may be too goofy for some of the audience. The start of the movie is a little too fast paced.

The Disappointing: The biggest disappointment is the lack of Willem Dafoe. There is, however, a female FBI agent whose character seems exactly like Willem Dafoe's, which just makes you miss him more. But also, if it's called The Boondock Saints, where's Huey Freeman?

"In Nomine Patris"

Best Drink To Accompany This Movie:

A Pint Of Guinness

I guess I kind of have to go with Guinness, right? Beer and Ireland: the two things The Saints love the most!


  1. Shame on me for thinking, while reading your review, "I wonder what drink he'll pick to accompany this movie" when frankly, Guinness should have been the first and last thing to come to mind.

    Was Head of the Class in this movie? Or did they write around his presence in the first one?

  2. baroness van bitzenhoferDecember 10, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    There WAS male nudity, and it was pretty awesome. ;-)

  3. Hmmm...I'm not sure what's so "awesome" about male nudity. I enjoy female nudity MUCH more. In fact, I don't think I enjoy male nudity at all...

    And, yes, Teebore, Head of the Class IS in the movie. You learn a little about his past, but, oddly enough, they don't discuss his teaching days.

  4. so I rewatched the first one the night before seeing this sequal, and indeed, the first movie was never that great to begin with.. the second movie was awesome, until about the last 20mins, when it completely lost me. I was sitting there like, "I already seen this fight scene.. I alredy seen this death.. oh great. Is it over yet?" so all in all, I agree with the newspaper guys, and give it 1 star, and if I ever bother to see it again, I'll skip 20mins to the last couple of minutes and leave it at that.


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