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In Bruges (2008)

Cast: James Embree, Colin Farrell, Colin Farrell, more...
Director: Martin McDonagh, Martin McDonagh
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Action, Comedies, Black Comedy
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Having just carried out a particularly difficult hit in London, two hitmen seek shelter in Bruges, Belgium, only to find their views on life and death permanently altered by their interactions with the locals, the tourists, and a film crew. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes star in an action comedy from director Martin McDonagh. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Worth a watch by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 4:09 PM PDT
Both my husband and I enjoyed this very much. I was bowled over by Colin Farrell's unexpected performance. The running joke was that he hadn't any use at all for the charm of the old section of the beautiful town of Bruges, which serves as an eye-popping backdrop for nearly all of the action. The scenery evokes Breughel paintings even before Farrell's character's partner drags him along on a culture tour, where the images of the torments of the damned worm their way into Farrell's tortured conscience. Lovely screenplay and no wasted characters.

Servicable movie in its genre by abcdefz March 14, 2009 - 10:29 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
There probably were quirky bad guy movies before RESERVOIR DOGS (DOG DAY AFTERNOON comes to mind -- hey!), but Tarantino made a blueprint of sorts for a lot of crap to follow.

And some good stuff. This is one of the good ones.

I'd probably rate it higher if I weren't sort of tired of this stuff. So why did I even rent it? Because I'd heard that it was one of the good ones. And it is.

The leads are all fine to terrific (Fiennes steals the show late in the game); the plot is well constructed and more or less believable in its own universe. It's well-crafted, and certainly worth a look.

(Faux) Honor Amongst (Faux) Hitmen by talltale July 9, 2008 - 12:54 PM PDT
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
An early contender for "crap movie of the year," IN BRUGES should also lay to rest any more clamoring about how fine a writer is Martin McDonagh. At least, if the movie under consideration here is a good example of his work. His burnished reputation as a playwright had made me sorry I couldn't afford Broadway prices to sample his plays. Now I simply feel relieved. McDonagh's dialog constantly calls attention to itself-- Oh, how clever! Isn't that unusual! -- until you could easily poke the author's eye out with a quill pen.

Further, the characters have no real depth, no matter how hard the actors may try to breathe life into them. Instead, they simply do the author's bidding, with a vengeance. The twists and turns alternate between the obvious and the stupid (the last of these, which hinges on the Ralph Fiennes character's sense of honor, is ridiculous). My companion gave up midway, but I lasted it out--just to learn if things could possibly get worse. They did. Saving grace: the city of Bruges does look lovely, despite the Colin Farrell character's cretin-like assessments. This is "black comedy" for people with little sense of humor and a taste for cheap and usually bloody ironies.

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