In Bruges – Review


In Bruges have a lot of things going for it, beautiful backdrops, a great cast, some dark comedy, violence and some perfect pacing. We follow the story of Ray and Ken two hitmen played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Both of them are In Bruges, hence the title, waiting for a call from their angry, smart and well feared boss, Harry. While killing time Ray and Ken are obviously different people and while Ken likes the Architecture and the atmosphere, Ray is bored and stumbles upon a movie shoot where he meets the pretty Chloë played by Clémence Poésy. When the instructions finally come from Harry about the job Ray and Ken have to complete, things don’t go exactly as planned.

It’s hard to talk about In Bruges without giving too much of the plot away, and that is one of the good things about the movie, it really does go in places that you can’t foresee. The cast are also excellent with Farrell giving a stand out performance as Ray. Brendan Gleeson doesn’t drop the ball with a convincing performance as Ken, Ray’s somewhat mentor, Clemence Poesy only has a smallish role to play but is suitably mischievous and Ralph Fiennes has some fun in the latter part of the movie.

In Bruges is directed and written by Martin McDonagh, and is like I said before a great little movie. It has dark humorous elements and a story that while twisting is paced well and doesn’t lose your interest. With a little bit of violence In Bruges make use of its unique setting. Overall Martin McDonagh has made an interesting little movie that could well be missed by a lot of people but really deserves more of a look, some standout performances and great visuals make it well worth checking out.