Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Boondock Saints (1999)

The Boondock Saints (USA, 1999) - Color, Director(s): Troy Duffy
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 108 min.

Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Happy St. Patty's Day to all!!! To celebrate, Z-portal has decided to review this film which starts off with two brothers trying to have a good time on St. Patty's. From there, they're dragged into a scuffle when some Russian gangsters try to muscle the pub owner out of his property. Concerned with the repercussions of dispatching the gangsters the way they did, the boys go to turn themselves in before realizing that the city reveres them as heroes for standing up to the local crime syndicate. Our two mild-mannered Irish boys turn to bad ass vigilantes who fight crime with a blaze of gunfire and hailstorm of hot lead. They put criminals on their knees and recite a prayer before putting two in the back of his head. All this while looking so damn cool, walking around in slow motion with dramatic music playing in the background. This is one of my favorite movies of all time for its great story and stylized execution. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus turn in fantastic performances as the Saints brothers. Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin from Spider-Man) is super intense in this movie and, although he was great in character, overacts in some of the scenes.

What I liked best about this movie is that they would show the brothers planning a dynamic entry into a room filled with gangsters and then skip forward to the aftermath. The police would be investigating the crime scene and it would flashback to what really happened in the room. Things never go as smoothly as the Saints plan but they eventually get the job done.... despite how clumsily they do it. That gives the film a sense of realism because most people envision themselves looking cool but sometimes it just works out better than others. Overall, the movie fantastically blends of humor with an incredible score and stylized action sequences.

Nudity: More male than female. (Sorry ladies, I'd rather not have to go into detail about those scenes)

Gore: Bloody, but not necessarily gory. Not visceral like slashers or war movies, but blood splatter from gunshots and ass kicking can be seen.

Awesome: VERY!!!! I'm one of those people who will come out of a movie theater believing that I can do whatever I just saw on the movie. If I just finished watching a martial arts movie, I feel like I can take anyone in a fight. This movie though, really makes you feel like you can do what they do. Two guys trying to come up with "cool" ways to make an entrance usually end up flubbing it but they get the job done anyway, so nobody notices when they stumble. Sounds like a total "guy" movie if you ask me....