My List: The Boondock Saints (1999)

The Boondock Saints

Rating: 9/10

The Boondock Saints is one of the best action films I think I’ve ever seen, and it was made on a limited budget. It’s a fun movie from beginning to end. I especially like the use of letting Willem Dafoe as FBI Agent Paul Smecker figure out every case and then showing the awesome action through flashbacks as he figured out who did what in every case. It makes a style that I’m not sure could be properly replicated now. Though the director Troy Duffy did try with a sequel that unfortunately tried to both retcon this movie while also riding its coattails into oblivion.

This movie is far superior to it’s sequel, taking it’s rough style and cuts to the best mix of Catholic ultraviolence since the Spanish Inquisition, but doing that while also telling a smart yet fast-moving story about God telling two Irish brothers to kill mobsters in New York City. That may sound crazy, but that’s because it’s crazy awesome! Oh, and the music is all mixed with the movie well and the editing is really what makes this movie what it is.

My biggest complaint is there isn’t really any strong female roles throughout the movie. There’s a couple of girls who show up here and there but it would have been nice to have a couple of women in main roles. They could have been a few of the cops following Willem Dafoe around at least, since the gender there doesn’t seem to be very important. Ah well, whatever.

Why you should watch it before you die: Because it’s one of the best action movies ever, even though it never had enough money to advertise and achieve superstardom, it’s an immediate cult classic with a great story, hilarious comedy, and awesome action throughout the film.

SCORING:

+8: An action movie that’s great fun

+1: Awesome action and acting

+1: Great Editing

-1: No strong woman in the film

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