79. In Bruges (2008)

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8.4 Thrillingly dark
  • Acting 8.4
  • Directing 8.3
  • Story 8.6
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Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes

Director: Martin McDonagh

Running Time: 107 mins


In Bruges is an Irish film about two assassins who are sent to Bruges for two weeks after a failed job, and they await new orders from their boss, and in the meantime, must see the sights of this lovely Belgian village.

This was just one of the weirdest crime films that I’ve ever seen! The basic foundations of the story seemed to be basically just those of Sexy Beast, with the hitmen cowering in a foreign country from their nutcase swear-all-day boss, however the comedic and more dull element to it made it a lot more entertaining.

Bruges is definitely a very random place to set a film such as this, and having visited it and felt that it was just a boring old town in Belgium, it was very fun to see the characters feel the same way about it, however halfway through the film, the story becomes more action-packed and dramatic, and by the end, it ends up being one of the most oddly emotional yet exciting films I have ever seen, almost opposite to my feelings of Bruges.

I enjoyed this film a lot, because of the brilliant irony of placing so much action in a sleepy little village, as well as the fantastic comedy and storyline that developed throughout, and that’s why I’ll give it 8.4.

(I know Bruges is a big city and not at all sleepy, but that is the main impression that you get from the film…)

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