The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
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From Troy Duffy, writer and director of The Boondock Saints, comes the much anticipated sequel to the tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV's “Dexter”) hot on their trail…the Saints are back!
A cult phenomenon returns with The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. The vigilante MacManus brothers (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, reprising their roles from the first movie) have retired to Ireland, but a copycat killing of a Boston priest brings them back to dish out their unique brand of quasi-spiritual justice. The story line doesn't differ much from the first movie; the brothers have a new sidekick (Clifton Collins Jr., Capote) and a new pursuer, FBI agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz of Dexter, striving to take the place of Willem Dafoe from the original), but it's basically a series of shootouts in which the brothers pop up "unexpectedly" and blast a bunch of cartoonish criminals to pieces. The Boondock Saints was not a good movie, but it had a weird, unique energy--you couldn't tell if the movie took itself so seriously that it was ludicrous or if it was mocking itself while reveling in its absurd extravagances. All Saints Day has the same ridiculous swagger and baroque macho dialogue, but this time the spark is missing (with the exception of Collins, who brings all his dependable live-wire energy). Some cult fans will be disappointed, but others will still find things to enjoy. Also featuring Scottish comedian Billy Connolly (reprising his role as the elder MacManus), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), and Peter Fonda (Easy Rider). --Bret Fetzer
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Unprecedented Access: Behind the Scenes Featurette
Billy Connolly and Troy Duffy: Unedited
Inside the Vault: The Weapons Featurette
The Cast Confesses: Secrets from the Set Featurette
The Boondock Saints Hit Comic-Con
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Full of inside jokes and nods to the fans this is every bit as good as the first. The extras are also fantastic and if you have seen my reviews before, I love really good extras. I have made some friends promos to give it 20 minutes and by the end of that 20 minutes, I could put down my guns and we could all enjoy the rest of the film.
SPOILER: If you haven't seen BOONDOCK SAINTS (the first movie, please don't go any farther but go ahead and buy it, rent it, whatever - you won't be sorry. You really do need to see the first one, though, to understand and appreciate in total the second one.)
Basic plot: Two Irish brothers, through a kind of vision from God, become a sort of modern day Robin Hoods, going after the nastier criminal element of Boston. In BS II, they are in Ireland and a death of a priest, done as a message to them, brings them back to town with a new sidekick and the fun begins again. The wonderful Willem Defoe is in the first movie. His replacement, Julie Benz, was such a shock that it took a couple of viewings for me to really appreciate her. Both she and Defoe are FBI agents in the most bizaare context. I have no other way to put that. The brothers, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus are perfect for the roles, as is their father, played by Billy Connolly. I've heard talk of a third movie being made but if so, it isn't in production yet.
While I don't really care to talk about two movies in one review, it is necessary in this case. See the original, then get this one, too. Seriously, you won't regret either.
There wasn't enough of the brothers that drove the story in the first film. It almost seemed they tried to create a movie around the mythology of the Saints without actually having to use them. When they did show up, it was almost anticlimactic as you knew that they were eventually going to be caught (this time).
I would have rather seen the Saints slip away again, as they did in the first film, to leave it open for a third one (unlikely, however). While I bought it once to say I completed both films, I wouldn't buy the second film again (the first one, on the other hand, I would watch over and over!).
It is totally ridiculous and almost cartoonish. But it's one of those movies that you either love or hate, no in between.
Ladies, the two lead characters - Connor and Murphy MacManus played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus - are drop-dead gorgeous, irreverent, funny, have an excellent - and typical - relationship, and everything else positive.
Guys (and gals like me who enjoy it) there is plenty of gun "play", a lot of action.
It's said they didn't know each other before the first movie. You'll find it very hard to believe when you see the camaraderie between these guys.
Some like I better than II and some like II better than I. I love them both and I can't watch one without also watching the other. My son will typically fall asleep before we're through both of them.
There are a lot of little things in the first one (I haven't noticed too much in II yet) that were obviously crew mistakes but they're still fun to watch, especially when those little mistakes cause extra skin to show such as when Connor's position changes frequently when he's out cold in the alley. VERY nice views there. ;) That entire scene is such a blast (not just because of SPF's skin shots). I'll rewind and watch it again because I love watching Connor jump down (I know, it's a stunt guy), watching Murphy (Norman Reedus) run around gathering everything while that excellent score is playing, and then hefting Connor up to carry him out of the alley.
And I join the public outcry by begging for a 3rd, please.