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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Rating: B

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The MacManus brothers are back for the much anticipated sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. The cult classic has finally veered its head after the success of the first film, The Boondock Saints back in 1999. The Boondock Saints II takes place eight years later while living in Ireland with their father on a sheep farm.  The brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus), after hiding in isolated Ireland following the assassination of Papa Joe Yakavetta, receive word of the murder of a Boston priest by a copycat killer of the brothers’ ways. In an attempt to clear their names and get justice from the man who framed them, the brothers revert back to their old ways and head to Boston.

In route to Boston, the brothers meet a Mexican fighter by the name of Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr.) who thinks highly of the saints and offers to tag along with them in exchange for some of his supplies.

In the interim, detectives are on the scene of the gruesome murder of the beloved priest as the new addition to the investigation, Special Agent Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz) takes the lead in the case. It is discovered by this group of detectives that it was not the work of the saints as the angles, and the placement of the pennies does not match up the usual work of the brothers. Determined to be the work of a man of a shorter physique, signs seem to point to Concezio Yakavetta (Judd Nelson), the son of Papa Joe. Conversely, the ultimate discovery of another man, who works for a mysterious man, is trying to bring Noah out of hiding by taking the lives of the brothers, rules as the fundamental reason for the murder of the priest, which was to lure the saints back.

The saints and Romeo’s first hit goes awry after hitting a warehouse which holds an Asian gang, the group flees to their friend and old bartender Doc (Gerard Parkes) for a room to stay. It is after this incident at the warehouse, when Bloom knows that the saints have returned.

After taking out groups of mobsters, and discovering that the old man that is holding the reigns is referred to as “The Roman,” Noah returns without warning admitting to know who “The Roman” is. The story continues from there and ultimately leads to a gun slinging, blood flowing showdown.

Subsequent t o Noah’s story of “The Roman,” and the gun slinging, Bloom gets a hold of a file illegally and gives it to Noah, revealing the whereabouts of this mystery man. Bloom is then forced to go into hiding and meets up with a boatman who is to take her to a safe location. The boatman you may ask? Well, you have to watch the film to find out what happens next.

oharas_irish_stoutThis film is ingenious with a story line that competes with that of the first film from 1999. Filled of twists and turns, you have to see it to believe it.

Beer Pairing: In honor of the MacManus Brothers, they deserve to be paired with a roasted aggressive beer. For them, O’Hara’s Celtic Stout (Irish Stout), brewed by the Carlow Brewing Company. This beer is punctuated with a deep dark roasted taste of coffee, chocolate, and malts. With an ABV of 4.30%, this standout flavor dominates the beer to allow extreme drinkability.