Ric’s Netflix Picks: “The Boondock Saints”



…will watch this movie!

While attending mass, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy MacManus (Norman Reedus), a pair of Irish-American brothers, hear the story of a woman who was killed while her neighbors did nothing. Later, while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at their local bar, they discover that the bar will be closing due to interference with the Russian mob. Unable to reason with the Russians, Connor and Murphy find themselves under attack and respond in kind: by killing the Russians. FBI Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) is tasked with investigating these crimes. The brothers, now convinced that evil triumphs when good men do nothing, decide to wage war on wrongdoers. Along with their newfound friend David Della Rocco (played by David Della Rocco), the brothers dispense justice on Boston’s wicked. But they must be careful, as they are not the only ones with a mission. Agent Smecker is gunning for them, and he can be just as ruthless and unorthodox.

Flanery and Reedus (of The Walking Dead) are the protagonists and carry most of the film. Their private interactions lend an incredibly realistic feel to the otherwise outlandish tale. Surprisingly, though, it is the secondary characters that truly make the film. Rocco, who represents the audience, latches onto the brothers and seeks to mimic their actions. The diamond in the rough is Dafoe. His conflict is central to the philosophy of the film and raises the question of whether the MacManus’s mission is just or unjust.

The Boondock Saints is a well-loved cult classic. After years of hearing rave reviews, I finally watched it, and frankly it did not live up to the hype. Still, I did enjoy it and would watch the 2009 sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day, if it were on Netflix Instant.


3.9 out of 5.0


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