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  • Apr 2, 2009

After a killing that went very wrong, two Irish hitmen hole up in Bruges, Belgium, and wait for their boss to tell them what to do next. The younger thug, Ray (Colin Farrell), hates everything about the storybook-pretty city, while his older partner, Ken (Brendan Gleeson), loves sightseeing. They meet some interesting characters and then the phone call comes from the boss - and it's bad news for one of them.

I'd heard a lot about how wonderful this movie was and, to my surprise, it completely lives up to the hype. It's an outstanding black comedy, very much in the same vein as "Fargo," with bad guys interacting in a small town, speaking simple dialogue that is unintentionally funny, along with some really graphic violence. Farrell (Phone Booth) and Gleeson ("MadEye Moody in Harry Potter) are outstanding as the killers who turn out to be pretty regular guys with consciences. They are an appealing odd couple with contrasting personalities and a deep bond between them. Ralph Fiennes plays a loving family man who happens to be the killers' boss. He's very good with a Michael Caine-ish cockney accent. The underlying decency of the killers makes them sympathetic and even somewhat noble, despite their chosen work.

With its remarkable medieval architecture and serene atmosphere, Bruges is a spectacular location. This is a movie with beauty and ugliness, humor and suspense, and most important, a truly great script; what a winning combination. Highly recommended.

Gleeson and Farrell are likable bad guys "In Bruges."


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September 05, 2010
Heard so much about this movie, I guess I'll have to bump it up my queve....
September 06, 2010
It's a unique script, that's for sure. And Bruges is so beautiful!
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review by . June 16, 2010
What is a lollipop man doing knowing f***ing karate!?!?
I really put off watching In Bruges for too long. I remember renting it on several occasions, thinking it would be great, but returning it to the video store unwatched. I don't know if it was the draw of other action films, high priced special effects with low quality acting or just my moderately excited reaction to the story line from the box. All I know is that not watching this film earlier was one of the biggest mistakes of this young film goer's life! Ow to be caught …
Quick Tip by . September 04, 2010
I need to re-watch this. There seemed one scene that did not tell all, and I am not sure what went down as a result. The ending seemed a bit over the top even by creator Martin McDonagh's standards (I've read most of his violent, scabrous plays) and I think it threw off the tone built up more by characterization than slugfests earlier. The plot lacked the suspense I'd wanted earlier, but I agree that this is a satisfying film far above the norm.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
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Movies, Comedy Movies, Action Movies, Colin Farrell, Bruges, Brendan Gleeson, Martin Mcdonagh


Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
Release Date: February 8, 2008
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr 47min
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