Let me get this out first... I'm wasted. I was drinking before we went to see it, we snuck in two 6 packs of 'The Black!' (Guinness!) to keep the fun going for this film... it just seemed like the right thing to do.
Oh man, this movie was GREAT!
Fans of the first one will NOT be disappointed by this film. Everything you expect to be in there is there and there's even more craziness this time.
After many years of absence, the brothers are forced back to Boston with the murder of a priest. Said murder is done in such a way as to make the general populace believe that the MacManus brothers are responsible. They are forced back to clear their names and wreak vengeance upon those that would do such a thing using their M.O.
A new FBI Agent is sent in because Agent Smecker (Willem Dafoe) is dead. The original three detectives are back though... and still dumb as rock.
There is still the goofy storytelling where we see the aftermath first and what actually happens is shown through flashbacks, but it works because what you see is completely different then what appears to be.
Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus reprise their roles as if there were no gap between the films. They both look exactly like they did in the first one. They are also AWESOME. Julie Benz as Special Agent Eunice Bloom is a welcome addition to the cast. She wasn't annoying in the least and actually kinda hot. Judd Nelson chews scenery like it was bubble gum, he was totally into his character.
The film ends kinda abruptly, but in doing so leaves it open for yet another chapter with yet another twist that on one hand is kinda weird and on the other hand makes perfect sense and I can't wait to see how it plays out.
All said, this movie was fucking AWESOME and I give it two thumbs up, 5 billion stars and I think it was my favorite film out this year.
I absolutely LOVE Danny Boyle's films, but I've gotta admit that I thought this was better then the first one. The plot was easier to follow, the acting was tops, and the effects were way over the top with that helicopter scene.