Review: The Boondock Saints (1999)

“Television. Television is the explanation for this – you see this in bad television. Little assault guys creeping through the vents, coming in through the ceiling – that James Bond shit never happens in real life! Professionals don’t do that!”
– Agent Paul Smecker

SYNOPSIS: Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. – via IMDB


So this movie is something I have been meaning to revisit for a while for a multitude of reasons. It’s a cult classic, and I can totally understand why. The Boondock Saints is many things, but a shitfest entry it is not, despite what the Rotten Tomatoes scoring would have you believe. This is one of those instances where the critics and the audience did not see eye to eye at all.

I am a big fan of this movie. I appreciate that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and yet it still poses a serious question at the end of the day, something that can lead to vehement discussions (as was depicted in the closing credits, too). The movie is fun, this cannot be denied. There are gunfights, action, blood and gore, humour and fantastic banter between the brothers. It all just works on so many levels.

Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus have fantastic chemistry, and their nice guys routine together just works on so many levels. Also, their loyalty and love for one another comes across and genuine and not pretentious. These guys are loved by the community, they are insanely smart and they work hard, party hard, have fun. Then, of course, everything just changes, and they are still smart and funny, but with a whole new purpose in life. These guys come across like they are living life like they think it should be in action movies, and it is endearing and hilarious. With this change in life enters Agent Smecker. Dafoe gives a wonderfully over the top performance as Smecker, which contributes to the fast, dark humour that is peppered throughout this movie. Also, one cannot forget Rocco, who brings in plenty of laughs, too, and just adds to the madness of the movie.

I must say that some of the performances of the side characters were not as tight as the lead actors for this, and even on the topic of lead actors, as incredibly hot as I find Norman Reedus in this (damn), his accent is quite finicky quite often. The movie balances it comedic nature with a serious edge, too, and the two opposing sides mix quite well, so a good balance is struck early on. It’s also funny, witty and quotable as hell.

The Boondock Saints is a movie that is interesting and lingers after the fact. It provides plenty of entertainment, and leaves you to think when it is all over. It is carried by pretty good performances for the most part and will keep you hooked from the get go. It is insane, gory, bloody, over the top, unapologetic and awesome. Yes, I would recommend this.

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12 thoughts on “Review: The Boondock Saints (1999)

  1. Tom says:

    This is one of those movies that actually proves there is a “difference” in the value between critics paid to write reviews of artistic things, and that of the general viewing public. This is a universally adored movie, and it makes sense. It’s just gloriously over-the-top and carries its brotherly-love mantra so passionately it’s hard not to like it. Is there an argument that the film tries to be too much like Tarantino? Yeah, probably. But I have no problem with it. I even enjoyed the sequel. It’s not as good but it’s not that drop-off you get with many sequels following a smash hit.

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  2. Jade says:

    Fantastic review! 😊 This is one of my all-time favourite films for sure. So many memorable moments between Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery. Besides, I just love quoting the family prayer for no good reason. 😉

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