Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is similar to Boondocks Saints, except better done and with plenty of side tracking humor laced through out. Of course, my son would disagree with me, but he also disagreed with me on the need for Jar-jar-binks in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Him routing for the Gungan, me against his need to even be in the film.
As we know from the first episode, the Saints have escaped and are on the lam. So, this one starts with our trio in Ireland when the son of a mobster that had been killed by them (and I no, I won't tell you which mobster it was) sets a trap to bring them out. Needless to say, it works or we wouldn't have a movie.
Yet, the plot is much deeper and eventually it can easily be seen that it is a plot within a plot that is developing another plot. A conspiracy of evil, if you will, met by a conspiracy of good.
Of course, we get a bit of play back for newer viewers, especially since the first movie was made ten years ago. This was what my son did not like. He did not get to see the original until a few years ago, because he wasn't old enough. To him, it wasn't necessary. To me, it filled out a lot that for newer viewers and may have wet the appetite for seeing the first one.
Others have pointed to too many scenes that were too similar to the first movie. I have to agree. However, you have two assassins with a side kick blundering their way around killing bad guys. Change this and you no longer have the Boondock Saints. You have a brilliant (and in the second one, beautiful Julie Benz [Dexter (TV), Rambo] as Eunice) investigator looking for them that happens to agree with what they are doing. Again, change thsi and you change the whole premise of the Saints. After all, this combination is what made the Saint's what they were and let's not fool ourselves, we watch movies like this for fun, not because they will be an Academy of Motion Pictures' Oscar nomination. This one, like the first, is still fun.
Still, we get the original actors and they stay true to character, just 10 years older and 10 years smarter. Not that they were all that smart to being with. After all, they have to get the laughs form somewhere, don't they?
Sean Patrick Flanery (The Whole Truth, Deadly Impact) as Conner and Norman Reedus (Pandorum *see my review here*, Cadillac Records) as Murphy, head for America and pick up a third man, Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek *see my review here*, Extract *see my review here*) for their pay back. Their Poppa, played by Billy Connolly (Open Season, The Last Samurai), eventually shows up to help clean up the under lying plot.
I found the film to be fun and true to the original. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun flick and not one with intrinsic value.
I give this movie three stars out of five.