Monday, November 9, 2009

Movie Monday:The Boondock Saints

Recently, the trailer for the sequel to the 2005 movie "the Boondock Saints" came out, "the Boondock Saints:All Saints Day". Having not watched the original, I was struck by how loyal a following the movie had, so I decided to give it a try. The movie centers around two irish catholic brothers who decide to exact vigilante justice as their godly calling, and the excentric FBI agent ,Paul Smecker, that pursues them. The highlight of the movie is most definitely the performance of Willem Dafoe. He is a not so closetted homosexual that has a 6th sense for how crime scenes transpire. The culmination of his performance occurs as he retells the scene of a massive shootout. This time, instead of just telling about it while the scene plays out, the director inserts Dafoe's character into the action, standing next to the character he is describing, mimicking the action. During the climax of the scene, a disheveled Dafoe has one of his own as he draws out his own firearm and discharges it into the air in ecstacy, as a conductor finishing a symphony. I watched the movie only for how it would frame Dafoe’s interpretation of the action he is now examining. Aside from Dafoe, the remainder of the movie was mildly entertaining, with much of the usual gun violence. I give it 3 out of 5 stars, but Dafoe gets 5 out 5.

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