“When I whet my flashing sword and my hand takes hold in judgment, I shall take vengeance upon mine enemies and I will repay those who hate me” Deuteronomy 32:41

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Troy Duffy’s sleeper masterpiece, The Boondock Saints, is an odd but powerful movie. Told in a very interesting, non-linear style, it preceded the more successful but less enduring non-linear movie, Momento by several years.

And to be honest, it f*cking rocks. . . .

It is the story of two irish catholic fraternal twins, Connor and Murphy MacManus (played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, who become caught up in an ethnic organized crime conflict and become reluctant vigilante heroes. It is not clear where they come from, although they appear to be motivated by both religious devotion (?religious psychosis) and a desire to rid their home town, Boston, of evildoers. . .

However, like a good mystery, the story jumps from the repercussions of their actions (which are always quite elaborate and convoluted) back to the actual events that occurred. In this, the story is helped by FBI agent Paul Smecker (an effete Willem Dafoe) who is called upon to evaluate each crime scene in turn–in most cases correctly.

The movie is alternately inspiring, hilarious, frighteningly violent and overall very well done. Despite excellent appearances by the primary actors; Dafoe, Flannery and Reedus, the acting is somewhat inconsistent amongst the supporting cast, including a cameo by the chubby walking carpet with one redeeming quality (aka Ron Jeremy) as mobster Vincenzo Lipazzi.

The MacManus Brother’s lives become very complicated by appearance of Il Duce (Billy Connolly), who plays a hitman hired by the Russian Mob to kill them. It begins to look like the movie will end badly for them, and that is when the sh*t really does hit the fan. . . .

I love action movies, and this is one of the better ones. The violence and frequent brutality is tempered by interesting characters, hilarious diversions, and playful banter. Despite the vigilantism displayed by the main characters, the movie remains interesting and the two main characters oddly sympathetic. I found myself siding with them through the entire movie.

Perhaps the best summary statement for the movie comes in the words of Connor and Murphy;

“Decent men with loving families they go home every day after work. They turn on the news and you know what they see? They see rapists and murderers and child molesters, they’re all getting out of prison. . . . Everywhere, everyone thinks the same thing. That someone should just go kill those m*therf**kers. . . . Admit it. Even you’ve thought about it. . . .”

I give it ***1/2 Jessicas out of four. Rent it.

EK

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