The original Boondock Saints was one of those movies which I have no idea how I first came across it, but somehow I managed to see it before a lot of the hype surrounded it.  I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but in my younger days when I didn’t have much going on in the evenings, I would wander around the video store, looking at the various options, reading the backs of movie boxes, looking for hidden gems.

When I heard that Boondock Saints was getting a sequel, albeit ten years after the first, I was excited for “All Saints Day”.  In fact, I tried to make plans to go see it at the theater.

I’m glad those plans fell through.


All in all I was mostly disappointed for Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.  I didn’t have huge hopes for it, given the time it took to get the sequel made, and because I figured it was either going to try too hard to recreate the magic from the first one or because it would get too influenced by movie studios or other such nonsense.

It’s hard to say exactly what it was about the movie that I didn’t much care for, but it is safe to say that part of my issue with it did surround the fact that they were trying too hard.  A lot of the movie seemed very forced as a result of it.  A third of the lines in the film felt like I had heard them in some other movie and definitely didn’t seem like they were natural.

Willem Dafoe’s detective character is replaced in this film by a female version of the character, played by Julie Benz.  She’s a very attractive woman, and her hottness definitely makes the film a little more fun to watch, but believe me when I say that she’s a female version of Willem Dafoe’s character from the first film.  I almost expected the plot to end up saying that she was his younger sister or something.  The scenes where she re-enacted / envisioned some of the gunfights seemed very contrived, a complete turn from the first one in which it almost seemed natural that Dafoe’s character was in the moment and was having real visions, and the way they tried to “sex up” these scenes really just seemed pathetic.

Replacing the Rocco sidekick character from the first film is Clifton Collins Jr., who is very entertaining in his psychopath role.  I would say that I missed the Rocco character… but he makes a cameo in the film in a dream sequence, and it’s probably the worst part of the movie.

Billy Connolly did a great job in his role, though he was only in the film for the latter half of it.  His dialogue with Peter Fonda was interesting, but the backstory they provide makes him less of a sympathetic character.

One of the only other decent parts about this film was the assassin whom the Saints were trying to track down, though he’s not necessarily a reason to see this film, since he wasn’t around much.

If you have no idea what Boondock Saints is and you’re wondering whether or not to watch either of these movies, just be prepared for tons of gun fights and some raw language.  I think the only nudity in either film is of the main two male characters, each of whom takes a shower at one point in the film and their ass is shown.  This happens in both films, and why the director chose to include it, I’ll never know.  Definitely not a movie for guys under the age of 16, and I don’t believe that 99% of women would enjoy either of the films, though the 1% who wouldn’t mind the crazy violence would likely enjoy the first and have the same issues with the second one that I did (and they probably wouldn’t enjoy the Julie Benz character at all).

Bottom line:  If you enjoyed the first Boondock Saints movie and haven’t seen it for almost a decade, just rewatch the first one and leave this one alone.  If you do insist on watching All Saints Day, don’t rewatch the first one to prime the pump, it’ll only get you more depressed with how lackluster All Saints Day was.  I didn’t rewatch the original before checking out ASD, and I’m glad I didn’t.

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