Rating (3 out of 5)
The premise is fairly straightforward. Two young Irish kids in Boston, decide to eliminate bad guys. They get involved in a bar brawl with some Russians thugs and they eventually have to kill the Russians, when the Russians try to kill themn. They turn themselves into the police, but is determined to be self defense and they are released. They have this epiphany after their release, to kill bad guys.
From there is it is a series of killings. If you looking for good plot development this isn’t the movie for you to watch.
The movie relies on re-enactment. So you see the final crime scene, the FBI agent describes the what happened and you see it acted out on film. They do this a number of times, it it works well. They did change it up for the last one, as the FBI agent (Willem DaFoe) conducts an orchestra, while he explains what happened.
Willem DaFoe was excellent in this movie as he struggles whether or not to bring in the two brothers. He is torn, because they are eliminating mobsters who he has to go through red tape to put behind bars, but the brothers are breaking the law. They made the FBI agent gay in this movie, and I am not sure that was necessary. This fact doesn’t add or subtract from the film, so it was a weird component to add.
The Italian mobster then gets a special hitman to take the brothers out. It turns out to be their father, and in the end, they all team up together. That part was way to convenient for my liking and thought the end definitely brought the score down by 1.
The other 1 is for the brothers not really facing much of a challenge. There was not really a low point for them, unless we are considering when they were captured, and their friend Rocco was shot. Would have liked for them to have a moment of self doubt about what they were doing, or mistakenly kill a good person.
There are some humorous moments from the movie, which I thought kept the movie going. However, in the end, it was a simple shot’em up movie, without much character development.