In Bruges (2008)

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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 Dogs.

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)