When the city you call home is tainted with evil and the law seems to over look it; do you take charge? Run by religion, held up by their family, and an overwhelming urge to rid the city of Boston of evil. They’re what the media came to dub as “The Saints”. The Boondock Saints is a movie about religion, family, and vigilante justice.
The movie starts off with two very religious Irish brothers Connor and Murphy McManus who decide God has chosen them to rid the city of Boston of sinners. They begin their calling merely by accident, when a couple of Russian mob members cause a fight in their buddy Docs bar; resulting in Connor launching a toilet off the fire escape and jumping off to save his brother Murphy. Agent Paul Smecker saw their actions clearly as self-defense and they were let off the hook. During one of their killings they encountered their buddy David Della Rocco who then accompanied them on several other missions until their final killing together where Italian mob boss Papa Joe Yakavetta killed him in front of the brothers. Agent Smecker realized that he agreed with what the brothers were doing and later decided to help them in secret. Connor and Murphy may have lost a dear friend but they gained back a father they thought they’d lost a long time ago. He had been sent to kill them, with no knowledge that they were his sons, but when he heard them say the old family prayer as they mourned Rocco he joined in and that’s when it dawned on all of them. Three months later during Papa Joes hearing the brothers and their father burst in the courtroom and announce themselves to the world with the grand finale of spilling Papa Joes blood on the courtroom floor.
The first scene in the movie that showed religion was the opening scene in the church. The priest starts to tell a story about a girl named Kitty Genovese who was stabbed to death in front of her neighbors who stood by and did nothing about it. Connor and Murphy then approach the crucifix at the front of the church and kiss it. As they walk out of the church the priest finishes making his point by reminding everyone that they should not just fear evil but also the indifference of good men.
This scene shows religion by introducing the brothers in a catholic church wearing their crucifix necklaces, a very good picture of how they stand with their faith. Also, you can see that the story the priest told sort of seeded the idea to take charge in the brother’s head. It’s very obvious that Connor and Murphy take their religion to heart and that they will die in the name of what they think is right. The priest makes a very good point about fearing the indifference of good men. My dad said once that there are two kinds of evil people: those who do evil things, and those who see evil things being done but do nothing to stop them.
The second scene in the movie that shows religion is when Agent Smecker is in the confessional. The scene starts with Agent Smecker walking into a bar and going on an extreme drinking binge. He then stumbles out of the bar and makes his way for the catholic church but not without going unnoticed by Rocco who was smoking a cigarette after dropping the brothers off at the church. Smecker is passed out in the confessional when Rocco follows the priest in and holds him at gunpoint telling him to watch what he says. Connor, who was sitting in the church, notices Rocco follow the priest into the confessional and ends up pulling Rocco’s head at gunpoint through the other confessional. As Rocco whispers what he’s doing to Connor, Agent Smecker starts to speak to the priest about how he is a man who is suppose to uphold the law, yet he believes what the brothers are doing is right. The priest says that the saints are “messengers of God and that the laws of God are greater than the laws of man.” This is the turning point where Agent Smecker decides to go with what his heart believes and to help the brothers.
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