This Week in Unexpected Sequels: 'Boondock Saints 2'

The Boondock Saints was a late-’90s cocktail of Hong Kong mega-violence, fratty blue-collar Boston pride, and steroidal Catholicism. In the film, two brothers (one played by Young Indy himself, Sean Patrick Flanery) received a message from God to clean up Beantown’s criminal underworld. Slow-mo violence ensued, as the gun-toting brothers went all Charles Bronson on the Russian and Italian mobs (that’s multi-tasking!) The film had a very tiny limited theatrical release and disappeared beneath scathing reviews, but as so often happens with weird and wonderful blood-drenched action movies, a cult following developed. Ten years later, we have a sequel:

Like every guy who went to college this decade, I watched Boondock Saints about 50 times while hanging out in friends’ dorm rooms. I didn’t like it as much as some people. As a New Yorker, I hate Boston; and as a Catholic, I hate Catholics. But there was something enjoyable and, dare I say it, charming about the movie’s heightened mock-grandiosity. And it helped that the original Boondock had Willem Dafoe in a supporting role as a cross-dressing, riverdancing FBI agent. There is no Dafoe in the sequel, but we still have Billy Connolly as the Saints’ daddy.

Count me as cautiously excited for the Oct. 30 release; any film that has Judd Nelson as a Big Bad gets bonus points. What do you think, PopWatchers? Does the world feel a bit less empty now that The Boondock Saints is a franchise?

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  • Chris

    I’ve been waiting over a decade for this. Every couple years you would hear abou a new script and how it’s in production, then I would fall apart. I can’t belive it’s almost here!!

  • alexandra

    psh. new yorkers.

  • alexandra

    sorry, couldn’t control my loathing for the new yorker bashing boston. so cliched. anyways, love that the original guys are back. would have been crap to do a sequel without them. and judd nelson? love it.

  • bunker

    I thought this came out years ago. Eh the first one sucked anyway.

  • Happy Go Lucky

    Call me when they do a sequel to Overnight.

  • Phoebe

    I am thrilled beyond all reason to see this movie. Bring on the sweet sweet violence.

  • trepithet

    I was watching the trailer, idly wondering if Norman Reedus managed to improve his Irish accent in ten years, and then he opened his mouth…and no, no he has not.

  • monica

    “As a New Yorker, I hate Boston; and as a Catholic, I hate Catholics.” So true. As for the sequel, as soon as I saw that the original cast was coming back, I jumped on board.

    • Anja

      AndYeah but they still need Willem Dafoe. He’s awsome!!

    • Anja

      Yeah but they still need Willem Dafoe. He’s awesome!!

  • entwashian

    I’m pretty sure that “unexpected was the wrong word to use in the headline. “Highly anticpated” would be more appropriate.

  • chris

    this was my best ever film religion violence and mob war all in 1 hope the brothers are still the same for this folow up cant wait.

  • Anja

    First I want to mention: I love the Boondock Saints! One of my all time favorites.
    And then I have to say, that I kinda doubt that this All Saints Day is gonna be just as good – or better – than the first one. Hope it wont dissapoint me. That’ll kill a lotta lve I’ve got for the first movie. (Can’t see why Willem shouldn’t be a part of it ;) ) But well, ofcourse I’m gonna give it a shout. It’s the saints!! And I’ve been waiting for this film too come for a loooong time. So I’m gonna go watch it when it’s here i DK. And I’m exited to see if it’s anywhere near the first saints. Can this All Saints day live up to the first one’s reputation? Let’s see…

  • John E

    “And when I vest my flashing sword And my hand takes hold in judgement I will take vengeance upon mine enemies And I will repay those who hase me O Lord, raise me to Thy right hand And count me amoung Thy saints .”

    “Whosoever shed last blood. By man shall his blood be shed. For immunity of god make he the man. Destroy all that which is evil. So that which is good may flourish. And I shall count thee amoung my favoured sheep. And you shall have the protection of all the angels in heaven.”

    “Never shall innocent blood be shed. Yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeaful striking hammer of god. ”

    Bring on that Hammer

  • Ben

    If they killed all the top Boston criminals in the first movie, can they move on to just killing ordinary criminals now, like people who talk on cell phones while driving?

    • ryan

      Ben: According to the previews, the mob boss executed in the court room in the first movie has a son. In All Saints Day, the son murders a Catholic priest and the Saints go to get revenge on him.

  • sebastian sabian

    to the fool from NY..u’v no bussiness indulging in the

  • Drea

    First of all, i LOVE the Boondock Saints, one of my favorite movies of all time
    Second, i’m honestly not expecting it to be as good as the first one, sequels rarely are, but i have no doubt that i will enjoy it! and, having only medium level expectations, i wont be as dissapointed if its no good, and i’ll be thrilled if its great! lol

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