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Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

The Duffy and Hot Topic Conundrums

By Robert T. Trate     March 09, 2010


Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus return in All Saints Day
© Sony Pictures/Bob Trate

 

Normally the DVD Shopping Bag tackles the latest science fiction, horror or superhero release. This week the pickings are really slim. Scroll down and you’ll see. I doubt you really wanted to read about my thoughts on Planet 51 however I do apologize for not getting a hold of that Wrath of the Titans cartoon. It is a sequel to the Ray Harryhausen film I featured last week (see column). So this week it has to be all about the Boondock Saints.
 
It’s probably not a coincidence that the long awaited sequel to Troy Duffy’s Boondock Saints arrives the week before St. Patrick’s Day. It is amazing that it took over ten years for this sequel to come out. Well not so amazing if you know the story behind the film and its director. I still remember when the Boondock Saints first came into my life. My future brother-in-law was working at Blockbuster Video. He told me about this movie where these Irish guys in Boston hunted down criminals. Young Indiana Jones (Sean Patrick Flanery) was one of the Saints and the bad guy from Speed 2 (Willem Dafoe) was the FBI agent hunting them. I told him I would pick it up next time I went to the video store. He told me it was then a Blockbuster Exclusive movie. My interest piqued some more. I liked the movie for the most part. I did think one character, Funny Man' Rocco (David Della Rocco), was the Jar Jar Binks of the movie and could have done with some recasting. Oddly enough as I told other people about the film I found myself liking it more and more. Being Irish, a Young Indiana Jones fan and someone who reads comic book hero vigilantes stories the Boondock Saints suddenly became a movie I was passing around to all my friends. The Q and A with the real people during the film’s credits was the one thing that truly lingered with me. A lot of good points were made and it opened the door to a lot of questions, something I hoped that the director would address in a sequel which, oddly enough, didn’t happen when sequels were (and still are) all the rage.
 
Like many of you I have witnessed the huge Boondock Saints marketing tie in that Hot Topic supplies to its shoppers. Especially at this time of the year when St. Patrick’s Day being right around the corner. Boondock Saints and its character’s likenesses have been marketed to death. I had long heard rumors that the director of the Boondock Saints, Troy Duffy, had problems with Hollywood. More importantly those problems had been with Harvey Weinstein, the film’s original producer. I always thought the Hot Topic marketing of Boondock Saints was Duffy’s solution to keeping the film in the public consciousness and to keep the money coming in. Even Kevin Smith has said if there is a market for any one of properties he’ll sell it. At first I would have said kudos to Duffy for keeping his product out there but as the years went on and the sequel was constantly delayed I began to lose interest in the Boondock Saints. Last year the Blu-ray was released and by that time all I could see were t-shirts and handbags and not the thought provoking action thriller that was once there (see review).
 
I recently happened to watch Overnight (2003) by Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith. A documentary that chronicled the rise and fall of Troy Duffy, the full production of the Boondock Saints and Duffy’s musical career (yes, you read that right). Suddenly everything became clear. The subtitle to Overnight, “There’s more than one way to shoot yourself” is more than appropriate. Troy Duffy literally shot himself in the foot over and over again as he went from Hollywood flavor of the month to pariah. What was truly amazing was how so many people in his close circle of friends blindly followed him. He promised them the world but only on his terms. What made the documentary tougher to watch was that many of these friends were his real brothers. Overnight explained so much that now ten years later it truly is amazing that Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day even exists. Though I have to be honest I still had no desire to watch the sequel. I just lost interest. Was it becausehow trendy the film had become? When the chance to interview the cast came up for Comic Con I looked to do other things. Yet having seen Overnight recently my interest in the film suddenly become piqued again. Was it worth the wait? Was it worth the trials, tribulations and the hell Troy Duffy put himself and his friends through? Well today we get our chance to find out, today the Saints are coming.
 
Have you seen it already? Do you think Hot Topic killed the Boondock Saints? Have you seen Overnight? Post your thoughts below.
 
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Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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midwest216 3/9/2010 5:22:18 AM

The 1st Saints was a cult classic, and I stumbled apon it online a few years ago. Loved it. This sequel didnt last long in theatres and I havent seen it. Does anyone have an opinion on it? Is it worth renting? Or should I just re-watch the 1st again and not spoil the movie.

DarthDuck 3/9/2010 6:37:52 AM

I really, really liked it.  I went in with low expectations and knew that there was no way it could be as good as the original.  And it's not.  But it is very much an appropriate sequel.  Despite the amount of time it took to get this movie it feels like it was made right after the first.  I would venture a guess that it didn't do well because the first one is a cult favortie and so many of those fans stayed away for fear that this one would somehow ruin the original.  I liked it, everyone I know that likes the original also likes the new one so I would strongly suggest you check it out.

I love looking back at the path that the orignal took.  I remember when my friend rented it because 'the cover looked cool' and we were blown away soon telling everyone about it.  Occasionally you;d run into someone els that had seen and there'd be an instant bond.  I love hearing how everyone tells the same story: 'I liked it before it was popular'.  I like that because this is one of the few things where everyone can say that and not be lying.

themovielord 3/9/2010 6:40:26 AM

I actually got a day late yesterday... and I enjoyed it. It didn't have the same punch and didn't addrerss a few issues I hoped it would but it in no way was terrible.

Hobbs 3/9/2010 8:46:06 AM

This is one of the things I love about the Internet.  I never heard of the Boodock Saints.  Not even in casual glances.  I did, however, find the article interesting and what this Duffy guy did to himself. 

That being said I still have no interest in watching it but I still find these kinds of things great to find out about.

dnbritt 3/9/2010 10:09:05 AM

Hobbs, you gotta see at least the first one.  It rules the midnight air.

redhairs99 3/9/2010 1:00:24 PM

The first is a must watch.  I just picked up part 2 at Wal-Mart but haven't seen it yet.

redhairs99 3/10/2010 2:51:49 PM

Yeah, Saints 2 is nowhere near as good as the first one.  Of course, it is a hard act to follow.

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