A magnificent presentation of revenge and honor “Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day” keeps a comical approach to a fiercely action-packed story.
The over two hour long director’s cut of the film incorporates flashbacks to connect present situations of the film with past. The story ties thing together well and keeps audiences in suspense.
After disappearing for a year the “saints” come back to defend their name when a priest gets killed in their signature fashion. Brothers Connor, played by Shawn Patrick Flanery, and Murphy MacManus, played by Norman Reedus, hid away on a peaceful farm as they tended their sheep while mob boss Concezio Yakavetta, played by Judd Nelson, has a priest murdered by hired assassin Ottilio Panza, played by Daniel DeSanto, in the style of the “Saints.”
Detectives Dolly, played David Ferry, Duffy, played by Brian Mahoney, and Greenly, played by Bob Marley, are on the case to find the “Saints” joined by FBI Special Agent Eunice Bloom, played by Julie Benz, the protege of Paul Smecker, who appeared in the “Boondock Saints,” who died earlier.
Coming back from being farmers with their father Noah, played by Billy Connolly, in Ireland the brothers meet a Mexican underground fighter named Romeo, played by Clifton Collins, who recognizes the brothers and offers to help them.
Panza appears to be working for a mysterious old man named “The Roman,” played by Peter Fonda, and continues to be an obstacle for the brothers and new team member Romeo.
Through it all the brothers cause havoc to discover the identity of the assassin, the whereabouts of the mob boss and clear their names.
Along the way they don’t know who to trust or exactly how they will accomplish their mission. They end up with unlikely allies and demons from the past coming back to haunt them.
The ending is fantastic, filled with action and leaves way for a third part to the series.
Flanery takes on the role of the lenient brother being more understanding and giving way for some fun. He takes this role and brilliantly collaborates with fellow cast.
Collins is hilarious as Romeo contrasting with the brothers. His rough exterior leaves audiences shocked at his emotional and comical character.
Needless to say Reedus who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series is a more serious yet still at times comical character. Although more uptight he captures a good personality to his character and makes all three of the protagonist feel like an organic group.
I give this film 4 out of 5 Popcorns. The story is well written and brilliantly executed. The acting is fantastic with a natural feel to the characters. The pacing is a bit slow but is good because of all the comedy and action that happens throughout the film.
“Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Director’s Cut” arrives on two-disc Blu-ray with UltraViolet on July 16th.