Guilty Pleasures – The Boondock Saints

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Hey, I’m not all parody films ya know! Here’s a slice of action featuring one of my favourite nations, Billy Connelly, a porn star, one dead cat and an insane amount of booze.

I love action films, and I love buddy films, but rarely, do those two ever meet. There’s something magnificent about a movie that manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, while also making us really care for the characters on the screen.

And that’s just one of the reasons why I loved the Boondock Saints when it came out in 1999. I was just a wee lad back then, with a habit for sneaking into movies which were rated for audiences quite a few years above my actual age (Eyes Wide Shut was one hell of a confusing film for me when I snuck into that), but the Boondock Saints is a film that can be appreciated by any age group.

There’s just something about the way that the two main stars of the film, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, alongside David Della Rocko, get along. You really feel for these guys, you really like them, despite the fact that they’re murdering any and all gangsters that they encounter.

They’re modern day punishers with only a small amount of skill and a ton of luck, cleaning up the underworld of their fair city of Boston. But it’s all done so beautifully, and with a chemistry that would make Captain Kirk and his crew from the old Star Trek films jealous.

And then you’ve got the rest of the cast, a colourful mixture of bumbling cops, dangerous kingpins, confused bartenders and Willem Dafoe displaying a lethal intelligence.

Mixed with a great soundtrack, some fantastic action sequences and some genuinely heart-wrenching scenes, the whole film is just beautifully put together.

It’s the Citizen Kane of the action genre, a masterpiece of bullets and quips, style and substance. I may not be the most religious guy out there, but even I could appreciate the catholic gestures and visual cues in the film, as it brutally juxtaposed violence with faith in some scenes.

But for a visceral film such as this, I always had fun watching it. That’s what counts, that’s what really matters at the end of the day. Sure, you can look deeper into it and ask yourself questions on whether vigilantism should be justified, or you can just grab the popcorn, sit back, and have a good time, and don’t forget the bloody rope!


Last Updated: June 28, 2012

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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