The Boondock Saints

Release Date: 1/28/2000 – Rated NC-17

Starring: Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Norman Reedus (Blade II)

Plot Summary:  The MacManus brothers are just your typical Irish guys from Boston; they like to have a good time, dink and they stick up for their friends.  When some Russian mobsters try to force the owner of their favorite dive bar out of the place, and won’t take no for an answer, a fight erupts and the gangsters are found dead the next morning.  The brothers MacManus decide this is a good step to rid the city of big crime, and take it upon themselves to clean up the streets by killing the scum of the city.  With some help from a local friend, a federal agent who sees an easier way to get things done and eventually a long-lost relation, the group becomes the ‘saints’: taking the law into their own hands and doing things the police can’t. 

Alex’s Thoughts: I’ve seen a lot of disturbing things in my life, but nothing quite so much as Willem Dafoe in drag.   Other than that, there is so much to like about this movie; lots of action, lots of smart dialog, just a good flick.  Billy Connelly is also in it, but I think he could have been used better, as he is a really good actor and a funny guy.  If you like shoot-’em-ups and action movies, you should really enjoy this.

Tim’s Thoughts: When I first saw this, I was absolutely blown away. I really felt like this was the best thing since sliced bread, and after rewatching it, I have calmed down a bit….but not much. I really love this one, it’s funny, original, and action packed.  It’s too bad the director let his life go completely to hell after his success, because he probably could have been great. Every time I watch this I run out into the streets and get all Charley Bronson on some poor random soul. If you haven’t seen it, give it a watch, it’s a lot of fun. Oh yeah, and it has Ron Jeremy in a nice little bit part, who wouldn’t love that?

Final Thoughts:  This is a fun movie, and although was not really released in theatres, has gained a huge following on home video.  The plot is good and although the accents are touch-and-go sometimes, Dafoe’s performance more than makes up for and shortcoming from any of the other actors; he really turns this average movie to a really good movie.

Alex Rates This Movie 8/10

Tim Rates This Movie 9/10

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