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The Boondock Saints

Title: The Boondock Saints
Directed by:
Troy Duffy
Written by:
Troy Duffy
Year: 1999

The Boondock Saints is a film I have heard much about before actually watching it. The story revolves around a pair of Irish, catholic twin brothers, who set out on the quest to cleanse New York City from crime by way of vigilantism. The film is fast-paced and witty, utilising many innovative tricks to catch the attention of the watcher and I enjoyed the film in many ways.

This movie feels fresh and not quite like any other I have seen, which is very nice indeed. I can see similarities between The Boondock Saints and Pulp Fiction, both in the handling of chronology (one often watches the effects of a scene before the scene itself) and in the type of humour. I would say that the differences prevail over the similarities, though, and for instance, I would say that the quintessence of the story in The Boondock Saints is much more serious and challenging.

I cannot really put my finger on why I do not think that this film ought to get a higher grade, but I am fairly certain that it should not. Perhaps the story is lacking in depth, the directing not adept enough or the theme not interesting enough, but I cannot pinpoint my reasonss more accurately than that. Everything else is brilliant, though, and I heartily love many aspects of the film, especially the characters (both the twins and the FBI agent). Perhaps I will review my decision later if I happen to see The Boondock Saints again, something I certainly will not shun away from if the opportunity presents itself.

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