In Bruges (2008)
Directed by: Martin
Premise: After a botched
job, two hit men (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) take shelter in Bruge,
Belgium and await instructions from the their boss (Ralph Fiennes).
What Works: In Bruges is a clever little film. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson
play men who are very much opposites with distinct story turf, with Farrell as
the green newcomer to the profession who still has a chance to get out and
Gleeson as the elder man who has come to terms with some difficult truths about
himself, his life, and his profession. The two men are terrific together and the
script includes a lot of witty exchanges between them. The story is also very
smart as it slowly reveals why the men are in the city and lets each man’s
inner demon come bubbling to the surface. The film does a nice job with pacing
and in the end accelerating the conflict into a terrific finale.
What Doesn’t: In
Bruges may not appeal to everyone. The sense of humor of the film is
slightly absurdist and not at all politically correct and In
Bruges will be best enjoyed by viewers who liked Lock,
Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels or Reservoir
DVD extras: Deleted
scenes, gag reels, featurettes.
Bottom Line: In Bruges is a very good film. As funny and as hip as it is, the film also manages to include some very interesting character work that makes it more than just a collection of wit.
Episode: #220 (December 28, 2008)