The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
Critic Consensus: This sequel to the cult favorite The Boondock Saints is more of the same -- unoriginal, absurd, violent, over-the-top, and occasionally mean-spirited.
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as Connor MacManus
as Murphy MacManus
as Poppa M/Il Duce
as Special Agent Eunice...
as Detective Duffy
as The Roman
as Detective Dolly
as Concezio Yakavetta
as The Chief
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The plot is an afterthought, the performances given with a wink and a clip-emptying flourish.
Bold prediction: At his current glacial pace of progress, Troy Duffy is likely to write and direct the great Irish-American payback movie sometime in the year 2049.
It's as if writer/director Troy Duffy threw every idea he had at the wall, creating a very messy wall.
Writer-director Troy Duffy needs to YouTube himself a new idea or two, because his variations on themes provided by Quentin Tarantino and Guy "RocknRolla" Ritchie are pure mold.
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Roughly a decade or so after the courtroom slaying of crime boss Papa Joe Yakavetta, the MacManus Brothers and their dad are living quiet lives as shepherds in Ireland. When a Boston priest is killed in the trademark style of execution used by the Saints, the boys come out of hiding to set things right. The film also goes more into the past of Il Duce. And, as you might imagine, the two plot threads are connected in some way.
It was great to see the boys back in action, but this one was a big step down. On paper, the concept is cool, but the execution of it is where things falter. The film takes all of what was both good (and bad) about the first, and cranks it up to maximum. In a lot of ways, it feels basically like the first one all over again, only with more money and far more excess.
There's not much of the charm from the first one here, things feel like they're coasting on fumes, and the humor, while occasionally funny, mostly falls flat and feels tired. The acting and the action are quite ridiculous and over the top, but these things can, depending on your pov, either add to the fun, or add to the tedium. I mostly enjoyed the action, and think this is the film's strongest point. The performances are...okay. Like I said, it's the first movie, but on steroids. Flannery and Reedus are good, as is Connolly, but, as much as I like Clifton Collins Jr. I think he went way too over the top here. It was nice to see Judd Nelson come out of wherever he's been, but even he gets a little too off the rails at times.
I think this film is probably best enjoyed if you watch it hammered, but that's just me. I'm glad they finally made it, and, though I have my reservations, I do want to eventually get a third film to cap things off. However, I hope that if a third one gets made, that they cut out the excess, beef up the story, and deliver something truly compelling instead of just half-assing it.
A bit disappointing as the first one was absolutely fantastic and although an okay movie i cant help but compare it to the first so its okay but the first is just far better!
Except if you are The Godfather: Part Two, it is nearly impossible to make a sequel that is equal or better then the original. It just is. The reason why is because when you first create an idea and make a film about it, that is it at it's purest and at it's hieght. With sequels, the idea is already exposed and the shock that the idea gave people is already used up. With a film like The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, what it does is take what people love from the first film and just rehash it a second time.
The main complaint of the first film was that it was a copy of the films of Quentin Tarantino. My response was that it was more of a tribute (could have been better) to his films then a rip off. If any of the films is a rip off, it is this film. Actually, if one really thinks about it, Troy Duffy is making a parody of his own film. But he could of, at least, done so with some honor and dignity.
I don't know. I mean, I did enjoy this fim a bit, but it could have been much more. So much more. But the main problem, other then rehashing parts of the previous film, is that it takes from so many other films whose sequels were better then it's original. The main one that comes to mind is the back story of Il Duce told in a psuedo The Godfather Part Two fashion. Just replace the Sicilian backdrop with an Irish one.
Then you also have the cast which, in their own right, are okay actors for the most part, are not used to their potential. But I feel the most bad for Clifton Collins. If you have seen the original film, then you will know that he will be compared to and is basically playing the same part as David Della Rocca. It is just kind of sad that Duffy had to right in a comic relief guy to go along with the already comic relief of the three detectives in this film. My advice for Duffy: keep the comic relief down to one character. Have too much, it will then ruin the film.
So, that is all I have to say about the sequel. it is entertaining as hell to watch, has it's moments of awkward humor, but it has so much potential, has so much it could do, hell, it could even have made Troy Duffy some respect after he lost it with The Boondock Saints (in the eyes of critics) and in the documentary Overnight (in the eyes of everyone else).
Now, there is a cliffhanger at the end of the film along with one cameo that made me scream 'YES!' at the end. If there would be a sequel to this film, then I have a message for Troy Duffy: Actually write an original screenplay that is not complete crap. You have everything set up, you have your story and mythology (granted you borrowed and ripped off a lot). USE it.
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