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Eccentric, unusual and action packed, it's half comedy, half thriller.
on 7 September 2015
Utterly eccentric, the Boondock Saints leaves you feeling like you've hitched a ride on the biography of a couple of madmen. The lead actors give the performances great charisma and really make you believe in them as a pair of fairly unstable rowdy brothers who start to think that God may be talking to them and telling them to punish the wicked. With a strong Irish-American heritage, lashings of funny scenes of maniacal, drunken bad behaviour and questionable decisions, and ineptness and enthusiasm seeing them through against all odds, this is a very unusual film. It shuns a traditional sense of patiently planned storyline for the feeling that you're reeling along with the brothers as their bonkers schemes lead them from one target to the next. Willem Dafoe barely registers as being any more stable in a tremendously fun role as an abrasive detective, and the violence and thrills are perfectly paced to keep up the fun factor. Even with the film as packed and full of mayhem as this, somehow they still manage to make you care about the lead characters, and that's just as much a testament to the performances as the script. A powerful does of madcap fun.