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Ready Player One (2018)


Ready Player One (2018)

Some aspects of this film intrigued me prior to seeing it, while other things about the movie worried me.

It interested me that a lot of characters and parts from famous films would be scattered throughout Ready Player One.  However, I was concerned that every aspect of the movie would be overdone.

Why would I worry that a big budget film might be overcooked and therefore tasteless?

Hollywood has become obsessed with gathering together big budget group movies.  It started with superhero movies and those superhero movies had to keep getting bigger and fuller.  It is no longer just Batman or Superman, or even just Spiderman anymore.  Batman vs. Superman also was not even good enough (of course, we knew it wouldn’t be).  It is now The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Suicide Squad, and X-Men, to name a few.  Hollywood will take a concept that worked once and bleed it dry for everything that it is worth.  It will be purged of all entertainment value.  All that will be left behind is an overdone, and overblown metastasized mess that should be cut off because it is destroying the host that is the superhero genre.

What does this have to do with Ready Player One?

Because Hollywood has to keep trying to outdo itself, it keeps adding too many ingredients, and we no longer recognize what we are being fed.  The trailer for Ready Player One had me worried that the movie would just be too much.

Ready Player One is about a future where a virtual reality videogame world called “The Oasis” is better than the real world.  The creator of “The Oasis” has hidden secrets inside of his game.  The world has become obsessed with finding those secrets and taking control of “The Oasis” and the trillions of dollars that it is worth.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and the noteworthy cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, Lena Waithe, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch, Clare Higgins, and Laurence Spellman.

I got to enjoy this film in 3D and I believe that greatly improved my movie watching experience.  The special effects are firing on all cylinders in this one.

To say that I was pleasantly surprised by this movie would be an understatement.  Were things overdone at times?  Yes.  But, let’s say they were tastefully overdone.

If you grew up playing videogames, then you will likely enjoy this movie more than someone who did not play video games, as a child.  In other words, if you are in your fifties or older, you might not get much out of this movie.

Some of the characters and places that were recreated from other films in this movie were nothing short of incredible.

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Ben Mendelsohn all did a great job in this movie.

I enjoyed how Spielberg walked the line of videogame and reality in Ready Player One.  The videogame world created inside of the film feels just like the real world inside of the movie.  In a lot of ways, Ready Player One is like nothing we have ever seen on screen.  However, you can bet that the concept in this film will return again soon to a theater near you.

Overall, Ready Player One was peppered with nostalgia.  Characters and icons from our childhoods were brought back to life with a vengeance.  It was an exciting and epic Steven Spielberg story of good vs. evil in a fight to save the fictional world.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

Back to the Future (1985)

The Shining (1980)

Mud (2012)

Thoroughbreds (2017)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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Death Wish (2018)


Death Wish (2018)

Why do we like vigilante justice?  I think that it is because someone does exactly what we are thinking should be done or we would like to do, ourselves.  Also, vigilante justice in the movies is often portrayed as sticking up for ones that cannot stick up for themselves.  If you are like me, then you enjoy rooting for the underdog.

Death Wish is about a doctor who decides to take matters into his own hands after an attack on his family.  He decides to find the men responsible and serve up his own form of vigilante justice.

The movie was directed by Eli Roth and the noteworthy cast includes Bruce Willlis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Camila Morrone, Beau Knapp, Kimberly Elise, Len Cariou, Jack Kesy, and Ronnie Gene Blevins.

I am not usually one to be into remakes.  It seems like Hollywood remakes or reboots just about everything these days.  Often, I say leave well enough alone, but sometimes the right remake idea comes along and the right actor is cast in the lead role.

In this case, Willis was very fitting for the role in Death Wish.  It was his best performance since Looper (2012).  He has been making a lot of B-rated straight to DVD movies lately, so it is nice to see him return to his former glory.  I am glad to see that he has not gone the way of Nicolas Cage (spitting out one piece of trash after the next).  Death Wish is a one-man-show and Bruce was clearly up for the task.

This movie is a scary concept because of how realistic it is.  What I mean by that is that it shows just how worthless the police department and justice system can be sometimes.  Too often, it is the people that deserve to see justice be done, that are the ones stuck without any justice at all.  It also goes to show just how vulnerable we all are.

The likable Dean Norris has quickly been typecast as the police or detective type thanks to the success of the television series Breaking Bad.  His part in this movie is good, but it does quickly make you think of Breaking Bad.

There are a few noticeable gruesome scenes in this movie that had Roth’s signature all over it.  So far, I believe that this film is Roth’s best work as a director.  He did a terrific job setting the tone of Death Wish and sticking with it throughout.

It has been a very long time since I have seen the original Death Wish (1974), but watching this version has made me want to go back and watch the original sometime soon.  The new film is a quality remake done with today’s technology.  The original movie is now 44 years old and it shows its age.

This movie is a murky suspense/thriller with good old fashioned popcorn-popping action.  Willis as the protagonist doing bad for good reasons will keep you on the edge of your seat hoping that justice gets done.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

Death Wish (1974)

Death Sentence (2007)

The Brave One (2007)

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Man on Fire (2004)

The Equalizer (2014)

The Punisher (2004)

Sin City (2005)

Harry Brown (2009)

RED (2010)

RED 2 (2013)

John Wick (2014)

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Prisoners (2013)

Defendor (2009)

24 Hours to Live (2017)


24 Hours to Live (2017)

Ethan Hawke in a shoot ‘em up, no holds barred action thriller is just the type of movie that I would want to see.  So I did.  It appeared like it would have a lot of similarities to Crank (2006).  Crank is off the hook in all senses of the word, so 24 Hours to Live sparked my interest.

The film is about a hired killer out for revenge after he is brought back to life after being shot.  The medical treatment he received is only keeping him alive for 24 hours, so he must seek his revenge in a hurry.

The movie was directed by Brian Smrz and the noteworthy cast includes Ethan Hawke, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer, Paul Anderson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tanya van Graan, Qing Xu, and Jenna Upton.

The movie was fun, but convenient at times.  The action was sometimes a little choppy.  Lots of good ruthless ideas.  Some worked and some fell flat.  Not enough follow through.  The film was a bipolar rollercoaster of really good sometimes, followed by a sort of fizzle and then back to better again.  In a strange way, the film felt like a financial rollercoaster also.  Sometimes it felt a little cheap and B-rated, while other times really expensive and classy.  It just could not hold its momentum.  Along with that problem, it was occasionally a bit hard to follow.  Overall, it just felt like it was lacking something.

Hawke is dual-wielding and he’s got nothing to lose.  His role was awesome and he pulled it off well.  He is the same old slick, and smooth likable guy.  His character developed well, but the supporting cast, not so much.

Cunningham was very enjoyable, but could have been better.  He just was not used enough.

The film was reminiscent of Crank (2006), minus the extreme intensity throughout and not near the same caliber film.

24 Hours to Live was a fun concept.  It was an entertaining flick, but a bit disappointing because it did not reach its full potential.  However, it was nice to see Ethan Hawke carrying an action movie by himself again.

I rate this movie a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

Crank (2006)

Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Running Scared (2006)

Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

Training Day (2001)

Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)


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Man of Tai Chi (2013)

 

Keanu Reeves returns ruthlessly with a vengeance.  Not only is he a star in this film, but he also made his directorial debut.

The fact that this is a martial arts movie was intriguing to me because after watching Keanu’s fighting skills in The Matrix (1999), I was thirsty for a little bit more of his flying jump kicks and karate chops.  It’s just a bit of a shame that he waited so long after The Matrix Trilogy to showcase his combat expertise.  He is probably a little more known for his slow-motion bullet dodge than his actual fighting skills, but he has proved that either one can be sufficiently entertaining.  The bottom line is, Man of Tai Chi is Reeves in a fighting movie.

The Man of Tai Chi Chen Donaka

The film is about wealthy businessman Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves), who discovers uniquely talented fighters who he then convinces to fight for him in underground and illegal fighting matches in China.  His most recent fighter, Tiger Chen (Chen Lin-Hu), has a special and virtually one-of-a-kind style of hand-to-hand combat with a Tai Chi base.  Tiger Chen needs the money, and the fights pay, but once he is in the game, Donaka Mark makes it difficult to stop.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Iko Uwais, Simon Yam, Karen Mok, Silvio Simac, and Jeremy Marinas.

The movie goes back and forth between spoken English and Chinese with subtitles.  It’s a foreign film with American and Chinese actors.  I believe that the joining of the two cultures in the film works to successfully portray the mix of each cultures’ fighting style.

The martial arts in Man of Tai Chi is depicted gracefully and eloquently.  The choreography is amazing.  The movie has some of the best fighting scenes that I have seen since The Raid: Redemption (2011).  Each move seemed so intentional that it almost felt like the fighters were dancing, but the dance was a work of art.

The  Man of Tai Chi Fighting

The film’s soundtrack helped to give what was happening on screen a deeper, more intense feel.

The movie started off impressively and this continued until probably the last quarter of the film.  It certainly had potential to be better, but I felt like the ending fell short.  This was pretty disappointing because it was so good up until that point.

Iko Uwais, who became famous for his role in The Raid: Redemption, was way underused in the movie.  If his character was given the chance to show what he was made of, the film could have reached the same caliber as The Raid: Redemption.  Instead, his part was cut far too short.

Man of Tai Chi was certainly crammed with action-packed goodness.  If it weren’t for the ending, I would give the movie a higher rating.  Even though the film was a bit of a letdown towards the end, it was still fun to watch.  Keanu did his job well, but his martial arts skill unfortunately didn’t add up to the rest of the fighters in the movie.

The Man of Tai Chi Reeves Fighting

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Lone Survivor (2013)


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Lone Survivor (2013)

 

You will laugh, and you will cry.  They live, they fight, and they die.

I was very excited to see Lone Survivor.  When I learned of the movie months ago, I knew it would be one that I had to see.  Recently, I heard from numerous people that the film was amazing, and that just made me want to see it more.  These days, if Mark Wahlberg is in a movie, you can basically expect gold.

Film Title: Lone Survivor

The film is based on the book with the same title which was written by Marcus Luttrell and is based on his true story.  It’s about a group of Navy SEALS on a covert operation in Afghanistan that goes horribly wrong.  Four SEALS are left severely outnumbered and outgunned and behind enemy lines.  Unable to make radio contact, they are forced to stand together as one and try desperately to fight the local Taliban for their survival.

The movie was directed by Peter Berg and the noteworthy cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Yousif Azami, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, and Jerry Ferrara.

I had vaguely heard of the mission that was portrayed in Lone Survivor, but ultimately, I hardly new any of the details before watching the film.  I’m not sure how much of the story went by the book, and what was fictionalized for pure entertainment purposes.  I have not read the book, but it would be interesting to see how it differs from the movie.

Lone Survivor is a superb depiction of the camaraderie and brotherhood that is commonly found in the Navy SEALS.  The actors walked the walk, and talked the talk.  They were large, bulky instruments that were trained to kill and trained to survive.  They fight like soldiers and they curse like soldiers.  This film does not edit itself for a lighter rating.  It’s as real as I’ve ever seen.  Prepare yourself to be shocked.

Lone Survivor Barracks

This movie has some of the most insanely realistic and severely intense battle scenes that I have ever seen in a film.  Although I knew that I was in a theatre watching a film, it was as if I was watching real footage of actual soldiers at war, and not actors pretending for a camera.

Lone Survivor is a trip into hostile territory.  The movie reminded me of how I felt about Saving Private Ryan (1998) when I saw it for the first time.  It’s an epic achievement.  The film changes the way that you look at the war movie genre.  It raises the bar and leaves huge shoes to fill for any future war movie.  It’s a game changer.  I have a feeling that this movie will be hard to beat for years to come.  The genre has now been reestablished.

The cast was a force to be reckoned with.  Everyone was awesome.  Wahlberg stood out above the rest and he continues to add to the arsenal of reasons why I like him.  He has become one of my favorite actors.  He is a consistent entertainer in the movie world and that is a rare thing in this day and age.

Lone Survivor Wahlberg

This movie should be an Oscar contender.  It would be a crime if it didn’t win something.  It would be an excellent way to honor all of the Navy SEALS that fought for their brothers standing next to them.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Note: Lone Survivor could deserve a higher rating, but it has to live up to the test of time before it gets one from me.

There was a bit of a disturbance in the densely populated theatre where I watched this film.  A man in the same row as mine was yelling obscenities during the first half of the movie.  He started to violently strike the seats in front of him before he was finally removed from the premises.  I was unable to give my full attention to the first part of the movie because of this distraction.  It was unfortunate, but when I watch the movie for a second time, my rating could possibly change.

Getaway (2013)


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Getaway (2013)

I was very skeptical about whether or not I would like Getaway before watching it.  I normally enjoy Ethan Hawke’s films, and recently he has made some good choices, i.e.  Sinister (2012) and The Purge (2013).  However, Getaway appeared a little sketchy to me.  I held off seeing the movie in theatres because I was very unsure about it, but I had to at least give it a chance on DVD.

Getaway Hawke Gomez

The film is about an ex-racecar driver (Ethan Hawke) whose wife has been kidnapped.  In order to try to get her back, he is forced by the kidnappers to drive and do whatever he is told while leaving a trail of destruction and evading cops all over the city.  He is given missions with time limits attached.  Along the way, he gets caught up with a young woman whose car he was required to steal.  The two of them are in for a wild ride that will hopefully help him get his wife back.

The movie was directed by Courtney Solomon and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jon Voight, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, and Bruce Payne.

The film gets your attention immediately.  It sort of has a Taken (2008) meets The Transporter (2002) feel to it, at first, but that quickly diminishes.  The high-speed car chases start out flashy and exciting set to the tone of dramatic car chase music.  Eventually the whole movie turns into one big car chase that will not end soon enough.

Getaway Gomez Hawke

Getaway is actually pretty decent until the appearance of Selena Gomez.  Her character enters and the movie slams on the breaks and crashes.  Gomez brought nothing to her role in the film except for very poor acting skills and utter annoyance.  I found myself quickly hoping that her character would just die off.  However, I’m not even sure if her poor performance was her fault.  Everything about the character that she played seemed unbelievable.  The writers really dropped the ball when they came up with her part in the story.  This sort of had a snowball effect.

The whole movie spun out of control.  It stopped being fun and entertaining.  Instead it just felt tacky and fake.  The car chases were nothing new and the story stopped making sense.  Things became too far out and predictable.  Even though he still was, it felt like Hawke was no longer in the driver’s seat.  There was nothing that he could do to steer the film into the right direction.

Getaway Car Flying

I thought that Getaway would at least be a fun ride to get distracted on for a little while.  Instead, I wanted to get off before the ride was over.

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)


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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

As I mentioned in my review of The Hunger Games (2012), I told my friend that I would see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with him, even though I was not very interested in either of the films.  I’m not going to watch a sequel to a film without first watching the original, so I watched The Hunger Games at home before going out to the theatre.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed The Hunger Games, and this made me excited to see the sequel.  I would certainly not recommend watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire without first watching The Hunger Games.  It is pretty much essential to watch the movies in order.

I would advise against reading the rest of this review if you have not yet seen The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Harrelson Hutcherson Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire picks up where the first film left off.  Through an act of defiance, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) were the winners of the 74th annual Hunger Games.  Their public defiance was enough for the government to want to make an example out of them by punishing them in hopes of preventing a revolution.

The film was directed by Francis Lawrence and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Jeffrey Wright, Amanda Plummer, Jena Malone, and Toby Jones.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Hutcherson Banks Lawrence

Like most sequels, I expected this movie to be a step down from the first film.  My expectations were wrong once again.  It’s a rare thing that a sequel is better than its predecessor, but this is exactly the case with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  It’s as if the filmmakers ironed out all of the kinks from the first movie in order to make the sequel.

Everything that I liked and disliked about The Hunger Games was improved upon in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  It was another welcomed surprise.  The acting was more passionate, the special effects were sharper, the story was more interesting, and the quality of the film as a whole was just plain better.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire Lawrence Hutcherson

Fans of The Hunger Games will undoubtedly like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire even more.  The film is a higher caliber and therefore delivers a stronger potency.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

The Hunger Games (2012)


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The Hunger Games (2012)

I’m not usually the type of guy to rush out and see a movie like The Hunger Games in theatres.  I guess that is why I had not seen the film, until now.  I probably would have put off seeing this movie even longer, but since a friend of mine wanted to see the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) in theatres, I thought it best that I see the films in order.

People have raved about this movie, but it just wasn’t a must-see for me, even though, for the most part, it has a very solid cast.  I don’t know if it is the PG-13 rating or what, but it just appeared to me like it would be a teenie-bopper film of sorts.

The Hunger Games Banks Lawrence

The movie takes place in the future where a society is split up into twelve districts.  Once a year a lottery takes place in order to select a young man and a young woman from each of the twelve districts to take part in a televised battle to the death called The Hunger Games.  The latest Hunger Games gets its first volunteer, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).  Katniss volunteers in order to protect her younger sister from almost certain death.  Now, Katniss is facing the same odds.

The film was directed by Gary Ross and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutcherson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, and Toby Jones.

The Hunger Games Lawrence Bow

I’m not sure that I buy into the concept of a society that would force a few of its residents to battle in a fight to the death.  The idea was a little bit of a stretch.  However, it did remind me a little bit of gladiators being forced to fight in an arena.  It’s a backwards advanced warped society that would be a sick world to live in.  Maybe I just hope that it could never get that bad, but given the world that we live in, maybe I’m just in denial.  After all, if the holocaust can happen, maybe something like this could too.  A movie like this that takes place in the future can get away with a concept like this one, because nobody knows what the future holds.

The film was a cross between The Most Dangerous Game (1932), Death Race (2008), and Gladiator (2000).

The Hunger Games was certainly better than I anticipated it would be. The big name actors in the movie all played their parts well.  However, it was ultimately Jennifer Lawrence’s film.  It was an intensely engaging, heartfelt movie with lots of cool visuals and a good soundtrack.

The Hunger Games Hutcherson

At times, the graphics were a bit overdone and almost too colorful.  Some of the costumes were far out.  The technology in the film seemed a little too advanced for a poor society.  All of these things temporarily took away from the story along with a touch of lower quality acting from the lesser known supporting cast members.

Overall, The Hunger Games was a big surprise to me.  It far exceeded my expectations and I wish I had given it a chance sooner, because I didn’t give it the credit that it deserves.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Violet & Daisy (2011)


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Violet & Daisy (2011)

 

Violet & Daisy is another one of those movies that was made and then thrown on the shelf to collect dust for two years before finally being released in theatres.  When it finally made its debut, it was only in limited release.  The film was completed in 2011 and not unveiled until midway through 2013.

Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet that everybody involved in making the film was just beyond angry that it took two years to be released in theatres.  You work so hard to complete something special, and then nothing happens for two years.  Not to mention, movies are made to hopefully turn a profit.  Wouldn’t you want to try to make your money back right away?

Violet & Daisy Bledel Ronan Guns

I have a feeling that this movie may have had trouble making it into theatres because the subject matter is very risky.  It’s a film about a teenage girl duo hit man squad.  With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people.  Of course, the idea was fascinating and I just had to see what it was all about.

The film is about two contract killer teenage girls (Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel).  The pair make a killer team, but one day things go wrong during what was supposed to be a simple job.

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The movie was written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, John Ventimiglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Stu ‘Large’ Riley, and Tatiana Maslany.

Violet & Daisy didn’t deserve to be shelved for two years.  It’s the kind of movie that could have generated a welcomed sequel or two.  But, because it took so long to be released, the teenage girls in the film have already aged too much.  Actually, Bledel was already an adult during filming.  She pulled off playing a teenager even though she was actually 30 years old when the movie was made.  Ronan was closer to half of Bledel’s age.  I was shocked when I found that out.

Violet & Daisy Bledel

The film was exceptionally fresh and original.  It was edgy, cold-blooded and unpredictable.  There was a lot of great action and dialogue.  There was even a bit of dark comedy thrown into the mix.

Ronan, Bledel, and Gandolfini gave exceptional performances.

The movie is about murder, so don’t be surprised at all of the violence, disturbing images, and language.

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Because the movie was delayed for so long, it turned out to be one of Gandolfini’s final film releases, may he rest in peace.

I praise Geoffrey Fletcher for getting this risky movie made.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

The Boondock Saints (1999)


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The Boondock Saints (1999)

I watched The Boondock Saints for the first time way back in 2000.  I had no idea what the film was about before watching it.  All I knew was that I was a broken teenaged kid who had recently lost his older brother.  I was trying to escape into the world of video games and movies.  The movie was supposed to be a distraction, but I couldn’t help but think of my brother throughout the entire film.

The Boondock Saints Reedus Flanery Guns

The movie is about two Irish twin brothers (Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery) living in the boondocks who band together to deliver their own form of vigilante justice on the scum of Boston.  Along the way, they piss off the Russian mob and the FBI.

The film was written and directed by Troy Duffy and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Willem Dafoe, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly, Carlo Rota, Ron Jeremy, Brian Mahoney, Bob Marley, and Kevin Chapman.

It’s hard not to enjoy a movie about vigilantes cleaning up their city.  When bad guys die, who cares?  It just makes the world a better place.  This film depicts this all very stylishly.  Of course, there is a lot of killing, cussing, and drinking involved, but it’s all in good fun.

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I have watched the movie maybe a dozen times now, and it gets better each time I watch it.  It has a great soundtrack, it’s funny, and you can tell that they had fun filming it.

The film became a cult classic and eventually a sequel followed.  In my opinion, the sequel would have been much more successful if it had not taken a decade before being made.

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Willem Dafoe’s character in the film is perhaps, the most memorable of his acting career.

The Boondock Saints boosted Norman Reedus’ popularity and he has gone on to become a pretty solid character actor.  He is most known for The Boondock Saints and the popular television series, The Walking Dead.  However, my favorite film that he is in is Deuces Wild (2002).

Most recently, I enjoyed Sean Patrick Flanery’s performance in the final season of my favorite television series, Dexter.

The closeness between the brothers on screen made me really appreciate the performances of Reedus and Flanery.

Troy Duffy put a very unique spin on the storyline and the way the story unfolds is nothing short of awesome.

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Fans of mafia movies should enjoy The Boondock Saints.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.