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Boondock Saints
BLU-RAY disk
Mar 5, 2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Troy Duffy

Actors:
Willem Dafoe
Sean Patrick Flannery
Norman Reedus

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two brothers get local recognition for killing a couple of Russian mobsters. Enlightened with a bold idea, they take to the streets and attempt to rid Boston of all evil. But an eccentric FBI agent is hot on their trail and he, too must decide what is right and what is wrong.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The shame with the BOONDOCK SAINTS is that you cant even talk about nowadays without bringing up OVERNIGHT, the film chronicling director Troy Duffys infamous fall from grace in Hollywood. I think like most people, I get frustrated with all the promise he showed with Saints and if he hadnt been such an ass, he could have had a long, distinguished career in Hollywood. He clearly has the talent, as shown in this cult classic.

I always thought of the BOONDOCK SAINTS as the start of something special. I like the film and feel that it is ripe for sequels. There are dozens of ideas you could come up with for these two guys, with or without Billy Connolly and Willem Defoe. Duffy has created two guys that are not only very intelligent, but also seem to have a naturally ability to use weapons and kill people. We didnt even get into their background, which could be a story in and of itself. So when news broke that Duffy was making ALL SAINTS DAY, I was pretty excited to see where hes going to take it.

But as much as I like the film, it has gotten blown way out of proportion by some fans. It has some good dialogue and some good action scenes, but it also has some problems. We needed more banter between the two brothers and at least a little bit of an explanation on how they became weapons experts overnight. A lot of deeper themes are touched on, but none are as fully realized as Duffy would have you believe. Also, audiences can handle when a lot of action takes place off camera, but that shouldnt be a technique used too often.

After seeing OVERNIGHT, I hate to admit this, but Duffy did a great job directing this. He did a lot with the low budget and I liked seeing the stylized action sequences, even if they were broken up a little too much. Sean Patrick Flannery is one of my favorite never made it big actors and his natural charisma shines through in this film. The movie has its problems, but overall BOONDOCK SAINTS is a fun film with a couple of cool characters that is sure to entertain.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Troy Duffy: Troy gives a decent commentary, but he thinks way too highly of his film. He talks a little bit about the negativity surrounding him and the film, but its not a rebuttal to OVERNIGHT, if thats what youre looking for. If you can hang with the pauses, its an okay listen.

Commentary with Billy Connolly: Connolly is a blast and would have been a perfect counter to Duffy had they done the commentary together. Ive always thought Connolly was a funny guy, even in his Head of the Class days, so this was a joy to listen to, even if it doesnt touch too much on the actual film.

Outtakes (1:32): These go by pretty fast, but theyre all enjoyable and they leave out all of the laugh-at-yourself flubs.

Deleted Scenes (19:06): The film quality here isnt very good, but I really liked these scenes. The two leads are so great together and thats really what makes the film for me. Most of these scenes are of them together and thats a good thing. They do drag on for a while, so be forewarned.

There is also a Theatrical Trailer
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
BOONDOCK SAINTS is a good film that surprised a lot of people when it first came out. Its not as great as some people will have you believe, but it is good and a worthy addition to any collection.
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