The Boondock Saints
Hot on the trail of the assailants behind the brutal murder of Russian thugs, FBI agent Paul Smecker is surprised to discover the killers are Irish twin brothers who believe they've been chosen to rid the world of evil.
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Rotten: Definitely an exercise in style over substance.
- Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Boondock Saints is a sleek, stylish film that relies too much on being sleek and stylish. Mostly, this film reminds me of the the days when other filmmakers were jacking off to Quintin Tarantino and produced trash like Smokin' Aces, not realizing that Tarantino's skill lies less in violence for violence's sake but rather in strong, sharp characters, whose violence stems from their personal moral questions. Here, we get some of that reflection but not enough to make the film stand. When the MacManus brothers consider the ethics of vigilantism, they reason that the traditional mechanics of justice have failed. But we see none of this in the film. We're expected to bring ideas of cops' incompetence into the theater with our popcorn. This theme is further confused when we see Dafoe's character, who rivals Monk and Sherlock Holmes in his ability to read a crime scene. My basic point is this: the film's raison d'etre isn't adequately developed. Dafoe's now infamous "There was a firefight!" is just as over-the-top as some of the other performances. Though Flanery and Reedus generally stabilize the film, it's hard to take many of these characters seriously. Overall, I think this film is well-made; I understand why it has become a cult classic. However, it borders on violence-porn, and I'm not aroused.
- hunterjt13, Monday, January 3, 2011
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