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Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done

"Do you know what I think is psycho, Rock? It's decent men, with loving families, they go home everyday after work and they turn on the news and you know what they see? They see rapists, and murderers, and child molesters, and they're all getting out of prison. Mafioso's getting caught with twenty kilos, getting out on bail the same day. And everywhere, everyone is thinking the same thing: that someone should just go kill [them]."
What is one to do when the justice given by society is no longer just? When evil can slip past the law on every offense, should one sit back and do nothing, or rise up and ensure that justice is served, legally or not? This would be the question that is addressed in "The Boondock Saints", written and directed by Troy Duffy. The story is of two young men from a south Boston Irish neighborhood who, after a supernatural experience in which they heard their father's word's "Whosoever shed mans blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God, made thee man," take it upon themselves to administer justice as if "the vengeance of God flowed through their veins." Without harming a single innocent person, they begin a crusade ridding the streets of gangsters, criminals and lowlifes. The F.B.I., in the wake of multiple homicides, begins investigating, trying to track down who the media have dubbed, "The Saints". And in the context of that situation, Duffy provides us with the perfect medium through which to address the moral issues of this situation.
William Dafoe plays a brilliant F.B.I. crime scene investigator. The way the narrative is laid out, we see the circumstances leading up to an altercation between the saints and the bad guys, then it cuts to the aftermath (usually a room full of dead, bad guys) in which Dafoe's character pieces together what happened, and then we see it all unfold. And the more crime scenes th…

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