The Boondock Saints – Throwback Thursday
Intro to… The Boondock Saints
Movies that are based on comics are not always about genius billionaires or indestructible aliens. Sometimes they are just about ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances. The Boondock Saints is such a movie.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy MacManus (Norman Reedus), two brothers that have nothing except each other and the clothes on their back, are celebrating in their usual bar. Near the end of the night a Russian mobsters enter the bar and a fight ensues.
The next day we find the brothers in the hospital and the Russians dead on the streets. FBI agent Paul Schmecker (Willem Dafoe) gets called in and somehow instantly deduces what happened, and that these murders were self-defence.
Connor and Murphy turn themselves in and opt to stay the night in jail to avoid the reporters waiting outside the police station. That night they both have an epiphany: the world has grown to corrupt and they should do something about it. So they team up with their friend Rocco (David Della Rocco) and use his contacts to assassinate every mobster they can get their hands on.
Should I Watch It?
The Boondock Saints is one over-the-top assassination after the other. It is full of highly stylized action scenes mixed with humour and symbolism. The latter is done with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. The beginning of the movie has a strong speech on the indifference of good man that pretty much foreshadows the entire movie.
The action is amazing and the humour is great, but the characters are the real highlight of the movie. Connor and Murphy are cool and highly likeable, but Schmecker and Rocco steal the show. Dafoe delivers a uniquely sharp yet morally confused FBI agent, and Rocco is comic relief at its finest.
Prior to every action scene is the outcome of said scene. Normally I dislike this type of filming. It is a cheap way of creating interest and retaining attention. But director Troy Duffy does a good job of incorporation this method into the story. Besides, the scenes are so awesome you instantly forgive him.
The Boondock Saints is a great action movie filled with interesting characters, great visuals, and a strong accompanying score. It is most likely the best comic book adaptation I have ever seen and would definitely recommend it.
Yes, watch it.