Alright, It's a sad day when a person is driven absolutely to the brink, but it's also rather poetically just for the review I am about to give. Critics all over the world have joined together in some sort of Neo-Nazi ridiculous cult group where if a movie isn't The Stepford Wives, it's crap. This is not the case. I have spent the last few days listening to critics from EVERYWHERE crack their 'almighty whip' down hard onto the backs of Troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Norman Reedus. I am tired of this. So, as in true Boondock Saints Fan fashion, I'm doing something about it. Now, yes this is my first review, and most people out there will begin to complain immediately. "You don't have the credentials to do a review, you can't be a critic!", Wrong. I have had three plus years in the training of Interactive Media [That's film and t.v. children], and more than five years in writing and commercial literature. So, if that's not good enough for you, please discontinue reading from here on out. Now, I'm..going to give the review that I believe should have been given from the very start. Boondock Saints II is a sequel from the original Boondock Saints made in 1999, it returns to follow the MacManus brothers who are in submission from their brief reign of taking out all of South Boston's scum. The movie really begins when someone comes to warn the boys that something bad has happened and they need to return to the work they left eight years ago. Troy Duffy brings back his unique and creative shooting style after ten years out of the 'Boondock' game. He also brings a fresh story and an almost complete original 1999 cast. The movie has some decent twist and turns that would thrill any real Boondock Saint fan, anyone willing to wait around ten years for this movie can not say they have been disappointed. Troy's habit of bringing back politically incorrect jokes and real deliverance hooks fans unlike anything I've ever sat around and witnessed before. Of course, with the good comes the bad.
At certain points, specifically where Judd Nelson is involved; seemed forced at some points, forced and incredibly fast paced. It was almost impossible to enjoy the performance Judd Nelson put out when it would just happen with a snap of the fingers and it'd be gone. Though, this could easily be credited to the fact that there was so much more going on. Everything kept leading to a bigger and better part in the story. Troy made it to where it kept building, and building, and building until most of the audience were probably about to cry if Troy didn't give some sort of release somewhere. He is a true captivator and knows exactly what it takes to get his fans hooked in for either the big flop or the big finish.
The bottom line that I believe most critics do not see is that this movie is truly what every single person, be them 12 to 112 really, deep down want to do the things these boys do. Not one single decent human being would watch a rapist go free on some ridiculous loophole and NOT want to blow his brains out just for some good and dirty justice. It's the Vigilante system, it was made for a reason and unfortunately, it was abolished for a reason, so now instead all of us normal everyday human beings get some sort of gratification by watching and living vicariously through two vigilante boys who do the jobs God has given them, and do them well.
Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, and Clifton Collins Jr give amazing performances as the two fraternal twins meet up with a brand new sidekick; Romeo, a fast moving, quick witted Mexican with a unique personality. He helps the boys take out crime just like a new aged Rocco, only better...David Della Rocco does return to stake his claim as still the fan's favorite. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus give such a rockin' performance it's almost hard to remember that they aren't brothers in real life. They have such an amazing chemistry and really comfortable with each other, I could not see any other two actors in the world working like those two do. Julie Benz also joins the cast as Special Agent Eunice Bloom. An FBI agent with the looks of a Southern Peach and the personality of a hard hitting ball buster. She brings not only a fresh air to the movie, but also some real amusement as she works with the cops.
Duffy, Greenly, and Dolly also return in true fashion to continue their loyalties and to continue to amuse and captivate the audience. One thing I absolutely give props to Troy for is his ability to write his characters. Every single character in the story has not only a purpose but on some level have a period of really mattering to the audience, of really enjoying their time on screen, and the fact that the actors are able to portray what Troy has managed to do only gives those actors so much more respect and credit than I'm sure any other critic would give them. All in all, this movie has a great, fast moving plot that leaves no true Boondock Fan disappointed. It has an incredible cast, a well written script and I would truly encourage everyone out there who hasn't been impressed by a movie in a hell of a long time, to go out and see this movie. Don't be fooled by the 'cookie cutter' world the majority of the media seem to want everyone to be. This movie will be the closest anyone has gotten to 'real' in the movie world and that in itself deserves more thumbs up than poor Rocco could give.
My Rating : 5/5 Stars