When two Irish brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Murph
(Norman Reedus), have a run-in with some Russian mobsters, they begin an unwitting
career of vigilantism that makes the Boston Mafia quake in their shoes.
Boondock Saints (1999)
Starring: Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman
Reedus, and Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe steals the show as he plays openly gay FBI agent Paul Smecker,
who attempts to solve the puzzle of who is gunning down Boston's biggest
criminals in some of the grisliest gun battles he's seen. Donning a set of
earphones and listening to opera, Smecker can plot bullet trajectories and
profile a crime scene while simultaneously insulting the local cops' apparent
Writer/director Troy Duffy attempts to outgun and outswear Quentin Tarantino's
crime epic Pulp Fiction but doesn't quite have the goods to do so. His attempt
at making an explosive and funny action film with slow-motion gunplay is
only successful because of the charisma of his cast. There certainly isn't
much in the way of a plot or character development in this film.
Billy Connolly makes quite an
impression in limited screentime as Il Duce ("The Duke"), a sort-of
secret weapon brought out of prison by the mob to fight the brothers. Norman
Reedus and Sean Patrick Flannery are
adequately entertaining as they trade quips and make good use of the hardware
used to deal out their own special brand of justice. Only David Della Rocco
as (ahem) David Della Rocco manages to annoy, which is unfortunate because
the role was written specifically for him to play himself.
While its not particularly original, The
Boondock Saints is a reasonably
entertaining, if not spectacular, post Tarantino action film.
Latin tattoos "Veritas" and "Aequitas" on the brothers'
hands mean "truth" and "justice." (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)