The Boondock Saints (1999)

2009-03-06 17:46
 

Like every other good vs. evil movie, it's pretty obvious who the good and bad guys are. But as time has progressed, and the lines between good and evil have blurred, we see that heroes come in just about any form. Enter The Boondock Saints.

With the luck of the Irish on their side, fraternal twins Connor (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus) decide that they need to rid the streets of Boston of the Russian mob. The bond between the brothers is unbreakable and their antics throughout the movie makes for very humorous viewing.

The movie unfolds in a series of broken events that all come together as the movie continues so you aren’t left all over the place. FBI agent Paul Smecker, played by Willem Defoe (the Green Goblin of Spiderman) is tasked with capturing the twins, but with each killing he becomes more and more fascinated with their objectives, eventually confessing that he believes the brothers' killing spree is right and justifiable. But then again, to him it’s all a theatrical play which he is more than happy to take part in, as it also offers a great cover for his sexuality.

The most bizarre scene occurs when Connor and Murphy turn themselves in, but are soon released as heroes as they feel what they are doing was sent to them as a message from God. So with an FBI agent in tow, the help of a runner for the Russian mafia named David "Della" Rocco (named for the actor who plays the character as the part was especially written for him), these boys are on a mission.

After every killing, they pay homage to their Irish roots, placing coins on the eyes of the deceased, while saying a prayer that was taught to them by the father that abandoned them: "And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand that our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be".

In order to infiltrate the Russian mafia and get to the Big Boss, their mounting body count is overlooked by the powers that be for the sake of the greater good.

Feted by the press who have now dubbed the brothers "Saints", the public are forced to ask themselves, "Does the end justify the means? Are the Saints ultimately good, or evil?" And as in any classic worth its salt, the answers aren't that clear.

A bit of trivia (from IMBD.com):

- Patrick Swayze, Stephen Dorff, and Robert De Niro each passed on the chance to star in the film.

- The word "fuck" and its derivatives are used a total of 246 times.

- The giant "wooden" crucifix in the opening scene is actually made from styrofoam and was painted to look like wood.

- The tattoo that Connor has on his left hand/index finger says, "VERITAS," which is Latin for "Truth." Murphy also has a tattoo in the same place but on his right hand, that says, "AEQUITAS," which is Latin for "Justice/Equality."


Memorable quotes:

[In the movie's climactic courtroom scene]
Connor: Now you will receive us.
Murphy: We do not ask for your poor, or your hungry.
Connor: We do not want your tired and sick.
Murphy: It is your corrupt we claim.
Connor: It is your evil that will be sought by us.
Murphy: With every breath we shall hunt them down.
Connor: Each day, we will spill their blood till it rains down from the skies.
Murphy: Do not kill, do not rape, do not steal, these are principles which every man of every faith can embrace.
Connor: These are not polite suggestions, these are codes of behavior and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost.
Murphy: There are varying degrees of evil, we urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over, into true corruption, into our domain.
Connor: For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three. And on that day, you will reap it.
Murphy: And we will send you to whatever god you wish.

[Then they joined by Il Duce]
Connor, Murphy, Il Duce: And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee. Power hath descended forth from Thy hand that our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command. So we shall flow a river forth to Thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be.

Il Duce: Whosoever shed man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God may deem man.



Fraternal twins set out on a bloody crusade to rid Boston of the mafia. God’s will? Or needlessly violent? Here’s why it’s a classic.

J 2009/03/01 4:11 PM
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ABSOLUTE CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!! Gotta watch it every few months...
K-bong 2009/03/01 4:34 PM
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no complaints, the movie is what it is, which is great..ter then you think.
preshen govender 2009/03/05 4:42 PM
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We have our on Boondock Saint in South Africa Jackie Selebi
Phozoh 2010/01/10 4:35 PM
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"Is it dead??" - Rocco I had to pause for half an hour to stop laughing.
JV 2010/01/10 9:21 PM
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Best movie ever - had to buy it and watch it ever so often.
GeeGee 2010/01/10 11:53 PM
I was not able to hire this movie in a video store so I ordered the movie from over sees and it's part of my golden collection. By far my best movie.
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