Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 by Russ Fischer
UPDATE: You might not have looked closely at the logos at the end of the trailer, but Anne Thompson reports that the new company Apparition has picked up the film for distribution. That’s how you’ll see it (or not) on October 30. Please, spend a few moments considering that the same company is releasing this, Black Dynamite and new movies from Jane Campion and Terrence Malick. Makes my brain hurt. Original article follows.
You might have seen Dave Chen’s video from the Boondock Saints II: All Saint’s Day panel at Comic Con, where the reaction of the fans to the trailer reveal was as loud and insane as Twilight fans seeing new footage from their chosen series. Given the hatred levied at Twilight and that fanbase at Comic Con, the irony there is delicious. Now the Boondock Saints II trailer is online and you can see the phenomenon for yourself. Or is it a phenomenon at all?
I was shocked when the first film became an underground sensation, because despite a few good aspects (can’t really argue with Willem Dafoe and Billy Connelly) the thing just plays like painfully self-aware Tarantino lite. And in this trailer, when one of the two titular brothers says ‘lets do some gratuitous violence,’ I get the sense that nothing has changed. That might be exactly what attracts fans of Troy Duffy’s first movie, I suppose. I don’t hear any memorable dialogue here or see anything that looks like something to get excited about.
Here’s the plot of the sequel, as written by Dave, in which the returning Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Billy Connelly are joined by Julie Benz and Clifton Collins, Jr.:
A COPYCAT KILLER IS IMITATING THE BOONDOCK SAINTS! GUNS! JULIE BENZ IS HOT! SLOW MOTION! MORE GUNS! SLOW MOTION! PEOPLE SHOOTING THINGS! ONE-LINERS! LOTS OF GUNS! PEOPLE GETTING SHOT! MORE ONE-LINERS! SLOW MOTION! CLIFTON COLLINS JR.! MORE GUNS! EXPLOSIONS! BILLY CONNOLLY HAS LOTS OF GUNS IN HIS JACKET AGAIN! AGAIN WITH THE ONE-LINERS! PETER FONDA, FOR SOME REASON! DID I MENTION THERE WERE GUNS IN THIS MOVIE? SLOW MOTION!
All I have to say is this: if you’re really dying to see a hitman movie with Irish accents, a hot babe, crazy violence and some killer, funny dialogue, get In Bruges. Please.