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The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints

Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars: Troy Duffy
Year: 1999
Time: 108 min
IMDb: 7.8/10

Storyline

Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turn themselves in and are released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he comes to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing.
Plot Keywords: male-protagonist / twins / chaste-character / chaste-kiss / twin-brothers
Taglines: Brothers. Killers. Saints.
Certificate: Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | Japan:R-18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:18 | United States:R
Cast: Willem Dafoe , Sean Patrick Flanery , Norman Reedus , David Della Rocco , Billy Connolly , David Ferry , Brian Mahoney , Bob Marley , Richard Fitzpatrick , William Young , Robert Pemberton , Bill Craig , Dot-Marie Jones , Scott Griffith , Layton Morrison , James Binkley , Matthew Chaffee , Robert Eaton , Kym Kristalie , Gerard Parkes , Peter Windrem , Elizabeth Saunders , Jeffrey R. Smith , Jonathan Higgins , Anthony Chrysostom , Lizz Alexander , Derek Murchie , Robert B. Kennedy , Carlo Rota , Ron Jeremy , Tom Barnett , Glen Marc Silot , Victor Pedtrchenko , Lauren Piech , Gina Sorell , Jeanna Fine , Sergio Di Zio , Angelo Tucci , Jimmy Tingle , Dick Callahan , Moris Santia , Carmen DiStefano , Darren Marsman , Chris Flockton , Roberta Angelica , Markus Parilo , Gary Nicholson , Joe Pingue , Kevin Chapman , Nicholas Pasco , Pat Riccio , Chris Brinker , Don Carmody , Nathan Amondson , Michael Arthur , Taylor Duffy , Troy Duffy , John Ferus , Tony Montana , Ryan Parks , Aleksandar Petko , Todd Schroeder , Mike Skelton , Michael Yavnielli

Details

Company: Franchise Pictures
Country: United States , Canada
Language: English , Spanish , Papiamento , Russian , Latin
Released Date: 19 Nov 1999 (Denmark)
Year: 1999
Film Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Runtime: 108 min
Soundmix: Dolby
Color: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

User Review:

stumblefoot » I've always enjoyed non-linear storytelling. A number of people seem to have picked up on this aspect of the movie and thus dubbed it similar to Pulp Fiction (though no one mentions Reservoir Dogs) when this movie takes non-linear storytelling to a level beyond where Quentin Tarrantino was ever able to go.

Now, certainly Memento came along afterwards and transformed the entire art of non-linear storytelling. However, Memento uses it to keep the movie watcher guessing until the very end, whereas Boondock Saints puts the pieces on the table, letting you try to put them together, but then will continue handing you pieces until the picture becomes clearer.

Clearly the movie is designed to be over-the-top, both from Williem Dafoe's character to the action sequences themselves. Williem Dafoe makes this movie for me. The plot, which centers on religiously-inspired vigilante justice, has an air of being somewhat cliched, although I would be hard pressed to name another movie which handles it in this matter.

I still fail to see how others consider this movie vacuous and without meaning, when its message about the pitfalls of our current legal system and the need for something that transcends it is quite clear. I thought the ending, in which various people are interviewed about their opinion of the "Saints" and how for some vigilante justice was an incredibly sensitive issue, made this point very clear.
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