In Bruges

  • 18
  • Martin McDonagh (2008)
  • US / UK / Ger
  • 102 min
In Bruges
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Although this violent, foul-mouthed and very politically incorrect black comedy drama ticks some of the usual boxes for a British gangster movie - mismatched buddies, a hit gone wrong and a Mr Big played by an out-of-his-comfort-zone A-list star - it's both intelligent and entertaining while managing the miracle of actually being original. Professional killers Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are laying low in the medieval city of Bruges following a horribly botched job. While waiting for their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to give them orders, the pair go sightseeing, and their enforced sojourn in the picture-postcard location begins to have a strange effect. Gleeson is excellent, as is Farrell (more surprisingly), and it is their relationship and philosophical (as well as profane) musings that give the film its drive, resulting in a lurid but unexpectedly affecting film about despair and the possibility of redemption.

Plot Summary

Black comedy drama starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. Having made a spectacular mess of their most recent assignment, contract killers Ray and Ken disappear to Belgium and await further instructions from their boss, Harry. But serious trouble is never far away from the disastrous duo.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ray
Colin Farrell (2)
Ken
Brendan Gleeson
Harry
Ralph Fiennes
Chloë
Clémence Poésy
Eirik
Jérémie Rénier
Natalie
Elizabeth Berrington
Yuri
Eric Godon
Canadian guy
Zeljko Ivanek
Catholic priest
Ciaran Hinds

Crew

Director
Martin McDonagh

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 18 Apr 2008
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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