Having celebrated its world premiere in the old millennium, “God’s Bloody Path” was one of the first movies to be released in US cinemas in 2000 – and it really hit the ground running. Who, among other things, with Hollywood star Willem Dafoe and “The Walking Dead’-favorite Norman Reedu’s cast in vigilantism opened in just five cinemas, where it ended up grossing a whopping $30,471. With production costs of at least six million dollars. And then there were miserable reviews that should have meant the last nail in the coffin. However, things turned out very differently.
Even if the trade press still doesn’t mean it too well with the film – to date only 28 percent of all critics rate it positively Rotten Tomatoes positive – “The Bloody Path of God” is considered by many to be one of the greatest cult films of its time. This is also underscored by the audience rating rtwhich stands at an outstanding 91 percent.
Completely unnoticed in the cinema, the story of the McManus brothers spread like wildfire in the home cinema. “The Bloody Path of God” hit a nerve – and word got around, so that the film with video cassettes and co. finally flushed over 50 million dollars into the box office. But is this hype justified? You can now convince yourself of this.
With the Filmtastic streaming service (available separately or as an additional channel on Amazon Prime Video), the cult classic is even available without any additional costs. Of course, uncut – which was not always a matter of course.
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“The Bloody Path of God” even landed on the Index in 2001 and was therefore not allowed to be freely advertised and sold in Germany. Because director and screenwriter Troy Duffy not only relies on hard-hitting action in his film, but also on a good portion of vigilante justice, which always has a particularly difficult time with the approval authorities. Eleven years later, the film got the green light from the FSK, so “The Bloody Path of God” released today completely unabridged from 18 years is.
The Russian mafia should have thought twice about closing down a pub in Irish-dominated South Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. Because the bar’s regulars, brothers Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy McManus (Norman Reedus), have no intention of giving up their beloved pub. They resist fiercely and even drive the Russian gangsters to flee. A little later the criminals are dead – Those who refuse to follow rules shall feel the consequences.
The two took the law into their own hands and found pleasure in it. So they then take on not only the Russian but also the Italian mafia and from then on are celebrated by the general public for their resistance against the outlaws. However, cop Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), who is investigating the murder series, cannot share this enthusiasm – and is hot on the McManus brothers’ heels…
Even if the general press response to “God’s Bloody Path” was rather modest, the cult action film just barely missed the top rating in the official DashFUN review. For the “must-see for every cineast and those who want to become one”, author Deik Stagge awarded a total of 4.5 out of 5 possible stars.
The miserable sequel “The bloody path of God 2‘ from 2009 you can safely save yourself. Whether it’s with the recently announced “The bloody path of God 3“ then goes uphill again remains to be seen.
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This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.