NNWIJ: The Boondock Saints (1999)

Director: Troy Duffy

Notable Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly

Rating: UR

Review:  After Pulp Fiction, numerous directors tried to mimic the non-linear and eclectic story telling made famous by the brilliant QT.  Most of them were flops, except for a story about two proud Irish brothers living in Boston who vow to rid the streets of common filth.  But after a few hits, they strike the wrong cord with the local Italian mafia and become hunted by one of the most vicious killers even by the Italian’s standards.  And at the same time the FBI has sent one of their best agents in Paul Smecker to also track down the “killers.”  Flanery and Reedus play Connor and Murphy MacManus respectively, and the man hunting them is played by comedian Billy Connolly.  What makes this movie work so well is just how flat-out cool both brothers are, resembling characters that QT himself would include in a movie of his own.  They just give off an aura that really makes you wish you could meet this guys in a bar, sit down, and buy them a drink because you know it would be the time of your life.  The movie is also interesting because it poses the question “Is killing bad men really murder?”  The MacManus brothers only kill evil men like mobsters and drug dealers, so aren’t they doing the town a service?  Everyone has their own opinion on that question, but as the quote goes in the beginning of the film…”Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.”  It’s one of those films you watch and just appreciate it for how entertaining it is.  The action is well executed thanks to a hard rock soundtrack and Dafoe adds a sense of credibility to the film with his outlandish FBI agent character.  Despite being everything but a success in the box office, over the years through DVD sales this little film that could gained a tremendous cult following big enough to elicit a second film almost 10 years later.  The Boondock Saints is a great cult classic that should be watched by everyone, even though it probably has been by now.  But if you’ve managed to avoid this film or haven’t gone to college yet…get on your Netflix Watch Instantly and stream this right away.  This is a much watch action film sure to please.

Netflix Rating: 5/5


About Matt Donato

I love all things film. I'll watch any genre, any actor, at any time. This whole film critic thing is a passionate hobby for now which I'm balancing with working in the business world, but hey, someday, who knows?
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