November 26, 2009

Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Director: Troy Duffy
Writer: Troy Duffy
Starring: Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flannery, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz

Eight years after the events of the first film, a Boston priest is murdered in a church, and pennies are placed over his eyes. The MacManus clan has been in hiding in Ireland after their massive gunplay from years prior, but someone clearly trying to frame them brings about their return to the States.

RottenTomatoes, the great critic aggregator site, had this to say: "This sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints is more of the same -- unoriginal, absurd, violent, over-the-top, and occasionally mean-spirited." If you liked the first movie AT ALL, though, you know that's exactly what it's supposed to be. All your favorites from the first one (except Willem Dafoe) are back and better than ever, and the new characters aren't too bad either, although Clarice Starling is the only Southern lady FBI agent I'll ever need to know. Forget what the critics say for a change (but make sure you can appreciate the first one beforehand), because this isn't a movie for them. It's a no-holds-barred, star-studded event that exists specifically for fans of the original.

One last thing: I did have a couple issues with the film, but they were overshadowed by the incredible ending. I'll say little for fear of spoilers, but I will make one comment, to Mr. Michael Bay: THIS is a good cliffhanger.

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