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Who Dat? The Boondock Saints return for All Saints Day

 
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The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day

After a decade on hiatus, Troy Duffy’s avenging Saints Connor and Murphy (Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus) lock and load for “The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day." Years after cleaning Boston of its criminal underworld, the brothers and their vigilante father Il Duce (Billy Connolly) have gone into hiding in Ireland. Seemingly at peace, the family appears to have put their violent days behind them. But after the Saints are blamed for a priest's murder, Connor and Murphy travel ashore – armed with Berettas and renewed ire – to finish some unfinished business.

Somehow, the box office flop “The Boondock Saints” found an audience. Originally released in 1999, then-newcomer Duffy wrote and directed an action-comedy romp cut from the Guy Ritchie veil. With flashes of style, funny dialogue and an eccentric performance by Willem Dafoe, the Saints were able to spread their violent gospel to a loyal cult following. Apparently a demand for a second chapter brought Duffy back behind a camera. The result? A flavorless rehash of the first film, lacking innovation or the closing argument about makeshift justice that made Duffy’s original intriguing.

This time, key cast members like Dafoe (who played investigating savant Smecker) and David Della Rocco (as the Saints’ sidekick Rocco) have been replaced by Special Agent Bloom (Julie Benz) and Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr). While Benz and Collins are decent actors, their roles are lame replacements. "The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day" isn't helped by Judd Nelson as one of the Saints’ nemesis (his acting peaked when Duffy was in diapers) or the grossly miscast Peter Fonda as an Italian Mafioso.

With Connolly’s Il Duce role reduced to a gloried cameo, Duffy is left to depend on Flannery and Reedus to carry the movie. However, Connor and Murphy are one-dimensional leads going along Duffy’s already-old gimmicks. Even a late revelation opening the door for another film seems desperate. For those who prayed for Bean-town’s Angels to return, “The Boondock Saints 2” is anything but a blessing.

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Who Dat? The Boondock Saints return for All Saints Day.

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Directed by: Troy Duffy
Written by: Troy Duffy
Starring: Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, Julie Benz





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