All Saints Attempt at a Valiant Return

Posted on November 2, 2009 by



Are the Saints back?

By Jim Chandley

Movie fans who were looking for another Boondock Saints may not find it this week as they take in The Boondock Saints II: All Souls Day.  The sequel to the 1999 cult classic, which appropriately hit theaters on the Catholic feast of All Saints Day, didn’t have the same intangible magic as its predecessor.

But the film was not without merit.

For fans of the previous film, the new Saints movie was a good attempt and felt almost like the real thing.  It returns every significant character, although the extent to which each character is involved is much different. Troy Duffy returns as writer and director, and Williem Dafoe even makes a brief appearance as agent Paul Smecker.

The Saints also get a new sidekick who didn’t do nearly as much damage to the image of old friend Rocco as he could have.  Romeo makes a harmless addition to the existing dynamic of the vigilante team.

If you’re simply looking for a good action film, All Saints Day delivers big time.  The Saints go on their typical righteous killing spree and shoot up several locations throughout the Boston area.

Although the sequel isn’t as good as the original, it’s still worth a watch.  Of course, getting a chance to see it may be difficult, since the film is on limited release.  In fact, the most annoying thing about All Saints Day is the expensive trip to the Commons one must take in order to buy a particularly expensive ticket to see it.