In honor of Saints Patrick’s day, its time for everybody’s favorite murdering Irish brothers.
Skillfully framed by an unknown enemy for the murder of a priest, wanted vigilante MacManus brothers Murphy (Norman Reedus) and Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) must come out of hiding on a sheep farm in Ireland to fight for justice in Boston. Joining them in writer-director Troy Duffy’s long-awaited sequel is Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr.).
For basically every human that has seen The Boondock Saints, almost everyone has said its great. Why? It just is, and honestly it is too hard to explain. But can it live up?
The thing with the original Boondock Saints is that it had a certain style that was a mixture between Quentin Tarantino with the witty dialogue and jokes, while also containing the great blow-em-up action sequences from the likes of John Woo. However, all that charm seems to relies more on the latter part. I will say some of the jokes in this movie will have you laughing, cause it certainly did to me, but the first one had a more sneakier approach to its jokes and wit, while this one seems more obvious with its jokes. It just didn’t seemed like a lot of the sex jokes they had fit real well, if at all.
However, the film did have some good elements to the film. Unlike the first, this film actually realizes that its not anything other than a B-grade action film, and not trying to bring up some hidden messages about crime and murder. Also, the action is insane. There is so much more blowing up, shooting, and just an overall driving force that you always look forward to seeing.
But does the film live up to its predecessor? I can’t quite say I actually can. I’m glad that the original director Troy Duffy came back to do this film as well, I just don’t think his mind was in the right place here. He had a certain style in the first one that was so intriguing that it was hard not to enjoy, but I think he was trying to hard to get some mainstream buzz with this one, it just didn’t feel like it had the heart like the first. However, I will say that I think his writing is in the right place with the balancing of comedy and action.
The performances here are like the first one, as in OK. Flanery and Reedus are a lot more experienced with their abilities this time around and actually bring out a lot more into their characters than the first time around. If there is one character in here that left me scratching my head, its Julie Benz as FBI Agent Eunice Bloom. (Replacing Willem Dafoe) Sporting red hair, high heels, and one of the fakest Southern accents in film history, she’s one of the most over-the-top characters ever. That’s a lot to say considering Willem Dafoe was a gay FBI agent who likes to dance to opera music in crime scenes. Benz also recreates the crime scenes like Willem Dafoe but in one instance, she’s in a cowgirl outfit dancing around like she’s a stripper. It made me realize how much I actually missed Dafoe. The Saints’ sidekick, Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr.), is one of the funniest characters of the year and the film lights up every time he’s on screen.
I mean if you didn’t like the first one, you definably won’t even be able to bear this one. However, there is an ending in this one that makes one of those endings like “to be continued….” and I hope they go in that direction, cause I’m ready. Here’s to another!!
Consensus: Not as much charm and style like the first, but enough action, humor, and spirit to be a very well-deserved sequel for all of the Boondock Saints lovers out there.