Movie Review: The Boondock Saints

The movie starts with two brothers in a church where the priest is delivering a sermon.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
[For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.]

The theme of the sermon is the death of a woman who was stabbed to death in broad daylight while onlookers did nothing to prevent it.

Now we must all fear evil men, but there is another kind of fear which we must fear most. And that is the indifference of good men!


The priest’s words are synonymous with the brother’s way of life.

The Irish brothers (Sean Partick + Norman Reedus) are two goofy guys working in a meat factory who like to work hard and have fun. They are out partying in a bar on St. Patrick’s day (An Irish holiday), when the Irish bar is forced to be shut down by the Russian mob. The next scene is a crime scene in an alley near the bar.

The investigator of the crime scene is none other than the green goblin.. oops…. Williem DaFoe. He plays a ‘cocky’ FBI detective who is good at his work and is openly gay – Ever since Spiderman, I have fallen in love with DaFoe’s work. He is an actor who makes me feel that he has put in a lot of effort in his work. He portrays complex characters and the roles I like him play are mostly eccentric. But the good part is that he seldom gets repetitive in his work.

The first twist in the tale is when a threatened mob boss hires a vicious killer to go after the brothers. This guy is so violent, he makes Hannibal Lecter look like a Lamb (pun intended)! The killer, II Duce is played by Billy Connolly ->

(Check out the cool assortment of guns he’s wearing)

The twists only get better and better in the movie without it being confusing.

The movie’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it has become a cult hit thru the DVD route. Its the fans that have made “Boondock Saints” famous. This fact speaks volumes about how good this movie is (7.9/10 on IMDB)

The movie has witty and quotable dialogues, the characters in the movie are built strong and deep in a short time. The director really makes it easy to sympathise with the characters in this violent movie. I loved it because of its a cool brand of justice deliverance – undelayed, vicious, funny and serious at the same time.

This movie simply rocks. It is a cult classic. A uber cool intelligent movie that is NOT made by Quentin Tarantino, but is right up there in the coolness factor – It is written and directed by Troy Duffy. What works for the movie is that the lead characters are two ordinary guys who just go for it in any given situation. The make the best of whats in front of them and are thinking on their feet even when the chips are down! The methods adopted by them may be controversial, but their motive is pious! In this age of red tape, their brand brand of justice deliverance cuts right thru the chase! After all, Justice delayed IS justice denied, so they go for the jugular!

My rating, 8.5/10…. 9.5/10 for the coolness and the innovative way of portraying violence and making it pious!

Be a good fan, buy the DVD!

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  1. eye-in-sty-in
    April 7, 2009 at 03:57

    CP!
    I love the cat scene too! It happened so quickly, I had to rewind to actually witness it happen! And then I watched it a few more times to get a kick out of it! Its hilarious! And hey, It just says that you’re not a cat person…. I know I’d be upset if it was a dog… Besides, only a cat is dumb enough to still be sitting in the room in the middle of the ruckus. It got curious and it paid the price!… lol… Do you know, I wanted to get an irish accent so bad after watching this movie! Didnt try though! Cult classic indeed!

    • Amanda
      July 17, 2010 at 22:56

      They got the cat stoned, of course it would still sit in the middle of the room with all the ‘ruckus’!

  2. couchpapaya
    April 6, 2009 at 21:07

    oh yes, i love this movie!!!! everything in it works, from the guy’s irish accents, to the way the movie is shot, to dafoe’s brilliantly characterised detective. u know even tho i’ve watched the movie a million times, remember the scene with the cat – that cracks me up so much, dont know what it says abt my psyche tho 😀 in fact, love most of the scenes in the movie, ur right, cult classic and high up there with the points!!!

  3. eye-in-sty-in
    April 2, 2009 at 00:04

    Smita,
    hee hee hee.. ewatch the movies fast before they turn into relics.

    M,
    I’m yet to watch International. Ur a fan of cline’s acting or his scruffy look 😛

    Ava,
    More power to fans like you :-))
    Dekh ke apna revu likhnaa..

    R,
    Chalo, u can balance out Ava… atleast watch it… where ur staying, u can even get it from library or rent it.

  4. Bouncing-Bubble
    April 1, 2009 at 20:04

    not sure if i’ll be a good fan, but yes good review.

  5. avdi
    April 1, 2009 at 15:04

    This sounds good .. Will surely be a good fan and buy the DVD

  6. Yword
    April 1, 2009 at 08:07

    Good revu! i love the justice deliverance angle you talk of – nothing like the right is right feeling u get from watching such films. Saw a good film after a loooong time – the international – loved its spygiri stuff.and of course clive owen. love him absolutely 🙂
    will try and get this film par maloom nahin kahan kaise milega.

  7. Smita
    April 1, 2009 at 03:22

    Looks like an uber cool movie and that was your usual brilliant review…

    Your review remindes me of the presence 2-3 eng movies stored in my lappy right now waiting to be seen…will see them soon…:-)

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