The Boondock Saints I-II (1999/2009, Canada)

I’ve seen about a year ago The Boondock Saints. I found it charming, original, hopeful, intriguing, and authentic. These adjectives describe the movie for me beyond the obvious: it was violent. There was a lot of shooting and cursing in it, but the two main characters’ personality had lots of charms. They were loyal to each other, to their countries, and to their friends. Plus they had a wicked sense of humor. I’ve seen many action movies, but its storyline managed to provide something original, by twisting the usual bad guys vs good guys scenario. This and their strive for justice left me with a feeling of being hopeful, the good guys won, even if we were not sure who the good guys are. It also raised the question of the price of justice and vengeance. Willem Dafoe’s intriguing character, the opera-listening, gay detective was portrayed masterfully. Overall this was one of the best shoot-em-up movies I’ve seen in years.

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IMDB’s summary: Two Irish brothers accidentally killed mafia thugs. They turned themselves in and were released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and started knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he was to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing.

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A few weeks ago I’ve seen the sequel, unfortunately. Everything that was great in the original was gone and was replaced with sheer violence or stupidity. All the charm was gone that I enjoyed in the first one. The new friend of the brothers is clueless and his kind of humor didn’t work. The new detective had a southern tang, but that didn’t make the role that was knocking-off Dafoe’s character any better. I am saying this despite that I really liked Julie Benz’s performance in the TV series Dexter. But this role just didn’t fit her, even if it showed that she had fun with the role. I wish they hadn’t make the sequel. The original was original the sequel was sub-par.

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IMDB’s summary: For the last 8 years the brothers have been living with their father on a sheep farm deep in isolated Ireland. One day their uncle tells them that they have been framed for the murder of a Bostonian Catholic priest. The boys must return to Boston to not only clear their names but find the men who framed them.

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