“Boon,” the sequel to “Red Stone,” is a bland attempt despite being formulaic. There is meager action compared to the previous installment, and the plot has quite a resemblance. It seems that the movie is inclined towards showcasing that our main character is an adept hitman. At some points, it does provide a rooting interest, but the characters are loosely knit. Overall, this movie is watchable only if you want to find out more about “Boon” after the events of “Red Stone.”
‘Boon’ Plot Summary
Hitman Nick Boon is being tracked by FBI Agent Redd, who finds out about his dangerous nature from an informant. This is followed by Nick’s revelation during which he receives a gunshot wound from an assassin before he kills him. Boon opens his eyes to find himself in the house of his neighbors, Catherine (Christiane Seidel) and her son Elijah (Jake Melrose), with his wounds cleaned. Catherine, a preacher, and Elijah have not yet come out of the agony of the loss of Elijah’s father and sister. To avoid bringing them more trouble, Nick decides to leave them in their space and returns to his isolated cabin not far from their home. But unknown to him, the mother and son are already in a lot of trouble, thanks to Catherine’s husband’s past.
Catherine’s husband had made a deal with Mr. Fitzgerald (Tommy Flanagan), leader of the area’s criminal organization. But the deaths have put the mother-son duo on the hook with Fitzgerald and his even more cunning and dangerous daughter-in-law Emilia (Christina Ochoa). They are building a tunnel underground to transport illegal arms and other goods, the route of which covers Catherine’s property. While nothing would make Catherine feel better than to be out of Fitzgerald’s business, his men bully her and her son continuously. If only she had someone who could help them, and this is where Nick makes his return. What follows is yet another face-off between Nick and the Fitzgerald men that ends with all of the goons dead and a wounded Nick walking off into the dark tunnel.
A Deranged Nick Boon
For a contract killer like Nick, who has spent more than half his life killing people, retirement is not easy, much less being a God’s man. As fate would have it, no matter how much he tries to stay away from his past, the more it creeps upon him. We have cops and assassins looking for him. It is interesting to note that he also had a woman in his life, who is apparently no more. And the love Nick had for her is what seems to have given rise to his affection for Catherine and his son, Elijah. He never had a family, and to have been able to come so close to one would only make him more vulnerable. This is probably why he decided to leave Catherine’s house as soon as he could after recovering from his wound.
However, this does not keep him away for long as he finds out about the goons who seem to have been causing Catherine and Elijah a lot of trouble. This is where the conflict in him lies. On the one hand, he wants to keep his dark side locked away, but he also has to protect those he cares for, which in turn brings back his dark side. The movie tries to show this but stumbles upon it. If only we got more information about Nick’s past, his actions would have contributed more to the film’s attempt at being formulaic.
The Cliché Motive
While the other characters begin on different notes, by the end, they all become pawns of an old-school motive that contribute to Nick’s character exploration. Even Catherine and Elijah are basically the victims that give rise to the dormant caring person that resides in Nick. Catherine’s drinking, only to have her reveal her past, appears forced just so that Nick can get his much-needed motivation to put some warmth into his cold self. Even the character of FBI agent, Redd, is used blatantly only to show that Nick cares for the family. Once this is established, Redd is killed and so is everyone else including Fitzgerald which tells us that Nick doesn’t like to leave loose ends.
It seems that for “Boon,” the death of Fitzgerald is the end of his final act. He must have realized that he had to cut off the final head of the organization in order to ensure that Catherine and her son stay safe. But does this bring an end to him being on the run from the mercs sent to kill him? Certainly not. His reputation will certainly make it tough for him to shed his hitman skin. Faces from the past will keep on coming and most of them will arrive with a gun as well. So no matter how much he prays, he will have to answer for his past actions.
‘Boon’ Ending Explained: Is Nick Losing His Edge?
Clearly, he is. And it does make sense, provided that at the end of “Red Stone,” we saw him throw his gun and vest into the river. It’s probably been a year or so between the events of the two films. And if Nick hadn’t had to reach for his gun, a year would probably have been enough for him to lose his edge, even if just a little bit. That he gets shot by the assassin towards the beginning of the film is proof that he is getting rusty. He has lost his aim a bit, but that sense of a hitman is still there.
Here’s one question: Does his affection for Christine and Elijah affect his skills and even his nature as a hitman? For the sake of argument, let’s call this care “love.” Time and again, love has been not a “boon” but a bane for a hitman, a merc, or any person who has had a history of violence. From Bryan Mills to Ethan Hunt to James Bond to even Wade Wilson, love has been a compromise for them. And Nick is yet another example. In order to survive and keep himself intact, it is probably better for Nick to keep away from company or at least affection. As it is, he has already been shot many times, and it is a miracle he isn’t dead.
At the end of the film, we see him walk away from the camera into the dark towards the end of the tunnel. It isn’t a walk into the distant sunset that is a symbol of “happily ever after.” It rather signifies that Nick is destined to live his life isolated, not because he can’t have a family, but because his past won’t allow him to. Perhaps his only resort is in the hands of God, something that he probably knows too.
Boon is a 2022 action thriller directed by Derek Presley. It is a sequel to the 2021 film “Red Stone,” made by the same director.