The Boondock Saints (1999)
The Saints Come Marching In!
The Boondock Saints is one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in my
years of watching indies, and it proves conclusively that you don't need a
massive budget to do a terrific action film!
Two blue-collar Boston Irish brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman
Reedus, who are both terrific!) rid their favorite pub of an influx of
Russian gangsters, and soon decide they are on a Mission from God to execute
all the 'heavy hitter' criminals from the city. While this makes them local
heroes, it also sets sympathetic detective Willem Dafoe on their
The story is reminiscent of the 'Death Wish' series, without the glossy
superficiality of the Bronson films. At times funny, at times disturbing, it
never loses momentum, with a twist ending is both satisfying and thoroughly
While the violence is graphic, the story is character-driven, and never
allows the executions to overwhelm the plot. You actually like the brothers,
and may be hard-pressed NOT to root for them, even if you do feel a bit
guilty about it!
The Boondock Saints is a fabulous film, one that deserves your
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