Aequitas, Veritas

"And Shepherds we shall be

For thee, my Lord, for thee.

Power hath descended forth from Thy hand

Our feet may swiftly carry out Thy commands.

So we shall flow a river forth to Thee

And teeming with souls shall it ever be.

In Nomeni Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti."

Three guesses as to the movie I just saw, and the first five don't count. (There are spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie, don't read if you don't like to know details of a movie beforehand.

The movie, Boondock Saints, is essentially a myth about good men trying to come to terms with the fact that evil men are getting away with rape, murder and other heinous crimes. This due in part to a greater evil, ". . . The indifference of good men," but largely because the system of government in which they live has "miles of red tape and loopholes for these cocksuckers to slip through." And so two men became shepherds, protectors of the innocent.

"And when I vest my flashing sword and my hand takes hold in judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies And I will repay those what haze me O Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints.

Whosoever shed man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. For in the image of God made He man. Destroy all that which is evil. So that which is good may flourish. And I shall count thee among my favored sheep. And you shall have the protection of all the angels in heaven.

Never shall innocent blood be shed. Yet the blood of the wicked shall flow like a river. The three shall spread their blackened wings and be the vengeful striking hammer of god."

In the end, the main antagonist is up for the third time in trial. Due to largely circumstantial evidence, it looks like he will get away with his crimes. However, this is the point when the main protaganists, with Il Duce, burst into the court room, confiscating the weapons of the guards, the place the antagonist in the center of the court, with everyone else in the audience. At this point, they make everyone look at the main antagonist, and speak.

Conner MacManus: Now you will receive us.

Murphy MacManus: We do not ask for your poor or your hungry.

Conner MacManus: We do not want your tired and sick.

Murphy MacManus: It is your corrupt we claim.

Conner MacManus: It is your evil that will be sought by us.

Murphy MacManus: With every breath we shall hunt them down.

Conner MacManus: Each day we will spill their blood until it rains down from the skies.

Murphy MacManus: Do not kill, do not rape, to not steal. These are principles, which every man of every faith can embrace.

Conner MacManus: These are not polite suggestions, these are codes of behavior and those of you that ignore them will pay the dearest cost.

Murphy MacManus: There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption, into our domain.

Conner MacManus: But if you do you, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three, and on that day, you will reap it.

Murphy MacManus: And we will send you to whatever god you wish.

All three: And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, power hath descended forthfrom thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command. We shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be.

Il Duce: In nomine patrie,

Conner MacManus: Et fili,

Murphy MacManus: Spiritus sancti

At the end of the movie, the three discuss the fact they are not finished with their work, but have only just begun. There are rumors of a sequel, however, these have so far not been confirmed. At the end of the first film, it poses the question of whether or not the Boondock Saints are good, or evil.

I take the view that men must pay for their crimes, and if the court of man fails to do so, then it is up to good men to hold them accountable.

What do you think?