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Father forgive them...
on 27 May 2010
I nearly agree with all the other reviews but kept remembering that I really did enjoy this. I like so many others think Boondock 1 is a gem of a masterpiece and have seen in countless times. It too had its faults like accents so bad Russel Crowe could have done better, but they are much improved this time round. I too thought the stereotype image of Ireland being stuck in the 19th century a bit twee, but as my family hail from there it is not too far off the mark (my cousin drives to the shops on a tractor- it is 4 miles etc). The plot is light but not weak and the soundtrack is thumping which as ever is perfect for a shoot em up with a bit of moral superiority on the side.
Julie Benz does a really good job of filling Willem Dafoes shoes, but could never have hoped to top it, his cross dressing and hard man gay cop persona was just too brilliant to be eclipsed. The violence is spot on and I like the way they intermingle past events with the future as in # 1.
There is the usual humour but most of all I felt it was an homage to the first film and did take the story some way further, but all in all it was just ruddy enjoyable. You have to see Bonndock 1 before you watch this as it will not stand up on its own, and while is has left a number 3 possibility firmly open, I for one don't mind as I wish all the best to Troy Duffy and particularly admire the actors who all agreeed to the remake yonks ago when he was strapped for cash. Also nice to see that real fans played the crowd scene as they could not afford the extras.