The Boondock Saints II (Review)
Troy Duffy’s sequel to The Boondock Saints is a bad film in the worst way. Not only does it insult you with its piss-poor writing, shallow characters and masturbatory slow-mo shootout scenes, but it also becomes clear right from the get-go (after a few too many flashbacks to the original…) that director Duffy is just obsessed with his own film, and has decided to make this unnecessary sequel as a means of returning to his past and re-doing what he’s already done, albeit with far less style and originality. A surprisingly stellar cast – including the main duo Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus, Billy Connoly, Julie Benz, Judd Nelson, Peter Fonda and the funny Clifton Collins Jr. – cannot save this garbage from overstaying its welcome by the half-hour mark, and we are forced to watch talented actors as they struggle (and fail) to make Duffy’s awfully unfunny dialogue work. The chemistry and cult-inspired magic that made the first film watchable on a guilty pleasure level is sorely missed here, and has been replaced by a non-existent kill-by-numbers plot put to bad rock music. Even the attempt at fleshing out the history of the boys’ father is largely one-dimensional, like it was the only new thing Duffy could think of to bring to the table and give this film a semblance of “moving the story forward”. To the film’s benefit, there is some very nice cinematography to be found, but this only results in good-looking trash. There’s also the problem of Julie Benz’s character, who is basically just a hot version of Willem Dafoe’s character from the last film with a Texas accent and an endless supply of chewing gum. Sure she looks gorgeous, but as far as characters go she’s completely empty, like nearly everyone else in this film. It seems as if these cinematic brothers have truly lost their way, veering sharply from the spirituality and sense of holy enlightenment that lead them to exacting murder on the unjust in the first place. Now, it feels like they (and director Duffy) are simply going through the motions, trying to look cool all the time to hide the fact that they have no reason to still be doing this stuff.
Rating: 1/5 Stars
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009, USA, 118 min). Directed by: Troy Duffy. Starring: Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connoly, Clifton Collins Jr., Julie Benz, Judd Nelson, and Peter Fonda.