The bond between brothers can be hateful, but it can also be sacred. Such a concept proves true, with the MacManus brothers, as their iconic killing spree of the deeply sinful individuals of Boston showed a bond deeper than blood. 

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This green Irish blood beer toasting drama will kick you into next week. It’s not just a film about the connection between brothers. It’s a film about taking matters into your own hands; About defiance to law and about natural selection.

The synopsis of this picture is about two brothers who first impressions would indicate, are friendly fellows to their known company, but are otherwise “born under a bad sign with a blue moon in their eye” type dudes. In a bar, the brothers have an argument, which like most escalating drama, converts into a murder of some mafia men. This sets off a chain reaction of God fueled homicide. The Irish brothers slay the criminals of Boston in this cult classic.

Brothers Conner & Murphy (Sean Patrick Flanery & Norman Reedus) decide to clean up the streets, their way, one execution after the next. With the help of the hilarious Rocco (David Della Rocco), they begin to make their mark.

The man who they confessed their original crime to (and were released by) is hot on their trial. Paul Smecker (Willem DaFoe), the sly red-faced intense and sarcastic rock star detective, who leads the investigation like a mastermind. But he is faced with the decision of if he even WANTS to stop them. One will watch this character progress, and witness his own demons and surprising morals (Not referring to his homosexuality; that aspect of the film is irrelevant as key to the plot). Smecker will keep one guessing.


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Great scenes include the brothers and Smecker going to church: the confession scene, as well as the first set of Mafia guys getting picked off, among others. They even have fake interviews at the end stating positions on how individuals feel about “The Saints”. Many are not opposed to their work.

Cinematography is excellent. How the faces are shown is quite magnificent. Also, in regards to how the film is shot, one has to love the scenes of the brothers committing crimes and of the lead detective alternating between the past and current reality. The soundtrack is decent. The overall acting and directing combine to make top quality cinema. The film is a little over the top though, and a tad pretentious.

Amazingly enough, some of the violence has a poetic and/or symphonic touch to it. DaFoe gives one of the best performances of his career in this future classic. Guys, when viewing, prepare to get your adrenaline going. Gals, prepare to grab your guy for safety. This one will knock you out cold.

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