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Colin Farrell and Academy Award-nominee Ralph Fiennes star in this edgy action-packed comedy filled with thrilling chases spectacular shoot-outs and an explosive ending you won't want to miss!Hit men Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson Harry Potter) have been ordered to cool their heels in the storybook city of Bruges (it's in Belgium) after finishing a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists they soon find themselves in a life & death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss (Fiennes)!System Requirements:Running Time: 107 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE/ODD COUPLES Rating: R UPC: 025195016322 Manufacturer No: 62102023

The considerable pleasures of In Bruges begin with its title, which suggests a glumly self-important art film but actually fits a rattling-good tale of two Irish gangsters "keepin' a low profile" after a murder gone messily wrong. Bruges, the best-preserved medieval town in Belgium, is where the bearlike veteran Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and newbie triggerman Ray (Colin Farrell) have been ordered by their London boss to hole up for two weeks. As the sly narrative unfolds like a paper flower in water, "in Bruges" also becomes a state of mind, a suspended moment amid centuries-old towers and bridges and canals when even thuggish lives might experience a change in direction. And throughout, the viewer has ample opportunity to consider whose pronunciation of "Bruges" is more endearing, Gleeson's or Farrell's. The movie marks the feature writing-directing debut of playwright Martin McDonagh, whose droll meditation on sudden mortality, Six Shooter, copped the 2005 Oscar for best live-action short. Although McDonagh clearly relishes the musicality of his boyos' brogue and has written them plenty of entertaining dialogue, In Bruges is no stageplay disguised as a film. The script is deceptively casual, allowing for digressions on the newly united and briskly thriving Europe, and annexing passers-by as characters who have a way of circling back into the story with unanticipatable consequences. That includes a film crew--shooting a movie featuring, to Ray's fascination, "a midget" (Jordan Prentice)--and a fetching blond production assistant (Cl¨¦mence Po¨¦sy) whose job description keeps evolving. There's one other key figure: Harry, the Cockney gang boss whose omnipotence remains unquestioned as long as he remains offscreen, back in England, as if floating in an early Harold Pinter play. Harry has reasons inextricably tender and perverse for selecting Bruges as his hirelings' destination, and eventually he emerges from the aether to express them--first as a garrulous telephone voice and then in the volatile form of Ralph Fiennes. By that point the charmed moment of suspension, already shaken by several irruptions of violence, is pretty well doomed. But In Bruges continues to surprise and satisfy right up to the end. --Richard T. Jameson

Customer Reviews:

  • Non-stop action, pathos, violence and comedy. I loved it!
    There is never a dull moment in this fast-paced dark 2008 film that was nominated for an academy award for best screenplay.

    After two Irish hitmen mess up a job in England, their boss sends them to the town of Bruges, Belgium. They don't understand why they are sent there but have to listen to the boss's orders.

    One of the men, Colin Farrell, would much rather be in Dublin and complains the whole time. He's the younger of the two and immediately finds an attractive woman to hang out with. The older man, Brenden Gleeson, takes it all in stride and follows the boss's order which is to enjoy the town itself and do some sightseeing. There is conflict between the two from the start but it is easy to tell there is also a deep friendship and understanding.

    The boss, who we only meet through his voice until the last part of the film, is played by Ralph Fiennes. It's a great role and he plays it with over-the-top colorful language and a sense of viciousness as well as a sense of honor and playfulness. How this all comes together is testimony to the skill of the screenwriter.

    It doesn't take too long for things to get out of hand. There is non-stop action, violence and pathos. And, believe it or not there is quite a bit of comedy. I was at the edge of my set the whole time waiting for what would happen next. I was horrified by some of the violence. I laughed out loud at the funny parts. And, mostly, I was made aware of the very imperfect human beings these characters were and how there were many sides to each of their personalities. All of this unfolded so quickly that before I knew it the film was over and I was left with the deep satisfaction of seeing a small work of art....more info
  • Emminently Watchable
    I have lowered my standards in the last 10 years, so if a movie even holds my interest and doesn't force me to turn it off and or walk out in the first 10 min. I'm thrilled. So grading it on a curve, In Bruges has a lot going for it. I found the acting really great and the storyline's internal coherency works. I'm not a big fan of how movies give amoral people human qualities. I'm mean the Colin Ferrell character is a hit man who in the act of killing a priest accidently manages to kill a little boy. In the course of the movie he slugs a woman in a restaurant, karate chops a dwarf, and half blinds a drug dealer. And we're supposed to empathize with him? In addition, his love interest is also a drug dealer. Are we supposed to like her? If you can overlook that kind of stuff and view the characters as sort of allegorical, symbolic representatives of the human condition, then, in spite of everything, you will probably really like this....more info
  • Very good
    Those expecting typical hollywood action/comedy should look elsewhere. This is a highly entertaining film with some funny moments, but not a feel good movie. ...more info
  • Hilarious, with dark moments
    Two Irish gangsters on the lam in a small hotel in Bruges -- one gleefully sightseeing and the other glumly complaining about the medieval hellishness of the town in winter. Colin Farrell is excellent, looking as if his eyebrows are about to jump off his face, just great acting, not the least bit vanity. The lines are so good, the plot twists so unexpected -- it was great fun, tho not for the kiddies. Lots of bad language and some graphic violence....more info
  • An Oasis In The Often Dry Dvd World
    Pan in on a sun filled view of a bridge crossing over into an architecturally diamond of a town which is magnificently beautiful yet unfamiliar to many called Bruges. Place Colin Farrell as a boyishly shy and strikingly handsome assassin who hates Bruges along with his bubbly savoring sight seeing cohort Brendan Gleeson. Then toss in a most hysterical yet drab controlling and humanely emotionless boss Ralph Fiennes and we have the 3 central characters. But wait, let's not forget the dwarf in his school boy attire as well as a sexy secretive blonde who catches Colin's eye as much as the river roadways catches Brendan's. What we have is a dryly humored plot with such laughs and heartbreakingly sad twists and turns that ends with...

    You wouldn't want me to give away the whole story now...would you? I won't.

    I first downloaded it from I-Tunes but needed to see it on our large screen TV so I bought it from Amazon. I must say I love packaging as well as having the dvd to bring over friend's homes to watch. "...ain't nothing like the real thing baby..." You'll watch it again and again.

    If you love Colin Farrell you must see:
    Alexander, Revisited - The Final Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)

    If you adore Brendan Gleeson you'll adore him in:
    Black Irish

    If you think Ralph Fiennes is also fantastic see:
    Red Dragon - Collector's Edition
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  • Search for atonement, quest for a comedy? Great!
    Altough this film is extremely funny, fast paced and great entertainment, it's all really about the search for atonement for a messed hit that results in colateral damage and the consequence of that action...a travel to Bruges (with the intention of a last wish granted; seen as a S**thole by the interested party). Collin Farrel/Ray achieves perfection in this role of an edgy, irresponsible and overwhelmed by guilt rooky assassin...indiferent to beauty and searching for an escape. Brendan Gleeson's/Ken interpretation is absolutely great; an experienced and calm man - almost a mentor figure. Ralph Fiennes/Harry also portrays an unforgetable character; a crime boss with a rigid set of rules of conduct, that guides is actions through and a way, he is quite noble. The directing is great, achieving beautiful shots of several of Bruges landmarks. The dialogs and situations reach from the very comic to the philosofical. The situations that lead to the grand finale are unbelievable! If even one element of the plot would disappear the end would be totally diferent (even the weird interest of Ray/Collin in the midget!). Worth watching this film twice....more info
  • Funny if you have that sense of humor
    I got recommended this by a friend - it passed me by.

    The story is straightfoward enough and the movie is mostly about the interaction of Farrell & Gleeson's characters....with a few stings in the tale.

    I must say I was very impressed by Farrell. Having only ever seen him in his Hollywood blockbuster stuff I had dismissed him, but he played this dark yet funny character. Ralph Fiennes was also brilliantly "manically funny". Heck Gleeson's good too - it's just that Farrell is a stand out.

    It is a quirky type of humor - dark, sarcastic, lots of swearwords. There's only maybe a couple of real "laugh out loud" parts (the restaurant scene being my favorite!) but don't misconstrue that - there's plenty going on to keep you smiling. If that's your kind of thing - and as a Brit it is for me - I would thoroughly recommend this. And don't worry - you should be fine watching it without subtitles on!

    A bit of a sleeper this one, but a gem....more info
  • Sick, twisted, wrong, and made of awesome.
    In Bruges (Martin McDonagh, 2008)

    There comes a point in certain movies where you start to understand how all the seemingly disparate pieces of plot, character, and setting come together. In general, when you're dealing with a mystery/thriller, the best time for this to happen is as close to the final frame as possible. Think, for example, of the shock of revelation in the final two minutes of the best modern example, The Usual Suspects. The master of this sort of thing when it comes to stage productions is Martin McDonagh, whose The Pillowman may be the single finest play of the past thirty years. The interesting thing to note here is that when you're dealing with a mystery/thriller in formats other than the screen, the genre's best works often put that moment of revelation much earlier, as is the case in The Pillowman (or, in the world of the novel, Graham Greene's The End of the Affair). McDonagh, however, knows the difference between stage and screen. Which is kind of rare in and of itself.

    In Bruges is a story about two hit men, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), who are instructed by their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), to take a couple of weeks off and go see the sights in Bruges, a medieval Belgian town. Young, impetuous Ray can't stand the place from the moment he steps off the train; older, easier-going Ken is enchanted by the architecture (though not so much the tourists), but in the back of his head, he's wondering why the boss sent them here, of all places; talking it over in the pub, the two come to the conclusion there's a job to be done here, and the boss just hasn't told them what it is yet.

    That's about all I can tell you about the plot, for in true McDonagh style, mini-revelations start popping up pretty early on. You don't really need to focus on the plot, though, to have a lot of fun with this film, which despite being a pretty straight thriller is laced with all kinds of dark, absurd comedy. In fact, it sets itself up to be a character study of Ray, and so we expect in the back of our heads that, as with most character studies of this type, the plot is going to take a back seat to quirky characters anyway. (And this is one of those times when I catch another facet of the brilliance of a movie when I'm sitting here writing the review instead of while I was watching the flick.) That never really happens; the character-sketch aspects of this movie are very well-balanced with the plot aspects. We in the western film world are well-used to seeing basically plotless character sketches or plot-heavy films with cardboard cutouts in place of actual characters. Even when you do get a plot-heavy script that's got three-dimensional characters in it, it's still a plot-heavy script. McDonagh strikes a very fine balance here, and while his foot does slip occasionally, most of the time when you think this has devolved into a character sketch, you're wrong. McDonagh just hasn't thrown the right pieces at you yet for it to all make sense. (And despite what it may sound like, I'm certainly not saying these scenes can't simply be enjoyed for what they are; the drug-fueled party Farrell and Gleeson have with Jordan Prentice would be hysterical as its own separate short film, with no other context.)

    In Bruges ended up on a lot of ten-best-of-2008 lists, and rightly so. Definitely worth looking into, and the sooner the better. **** ?
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  • Terrible film
    Extremely violent, senselessly gory, overly preachy, melodramatic and if for the amount of funny bits this qualifies as a black comedy it could also be classified as a romantic movie for the love scenes....more info
    'In Bruges' will not appeal to everyone, but it is brilliant at times. I found the film uneven, laughing hysterically one moment and bored to tears the next. This could have been due to the thick accent by the lead characters in the film being hard to understand sometimes. It's smart, funny and gruesome, but it's too long and has some very unnecessary scenes that took it down a few pegs in my book. If you liked this film you may like 'You Kill Me' which I thought was a better film than this....more info
  • Great movie
    Anyone making a movie featuring two philosophical hitmen is practically begging to be accused of ripping off Pulp Fiction, but it turns out the similarities between In Bruges and Quentin Tarantino's most famous work pretty much end there. Where the work of the likes of Tarantino or Guy Ritchie (not to mention the recent Frank Miller adaptations) tends to emphasize style over substance (not always a bad thing, of course), In Bruges inverts the usual formula by using style to enhance substance. It's got all the clever dialogue and unflinching violence you'd expect from a postmodern gangster film, but it's accompanied by a level of emotional depth and a view of friendship that wouldn't be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. Few films in recent memory (Shaun of the Dead being one recent example) have played this effectively with tone, as the movie effortlessly incorporates action, comedy, and drama, with some heavy philosophizing thrown in for good measure. It's funny without pandering, dramatic without any histrionics, and sentimental without getting sappy. The understated direction of writer-director Martin McDonagh suits the unusually quaint setting well, and his twist-laden plot ends up incorporating the aforementioned hitmen, a family of grossly overweight American tourists, a belligerent Canadian couple, a smoking-hot drug dealer and her skinhead ex-boyfriend/partner in crime, and a degenerate, possibly racist American dwarf actor. There's also some nice dwarf-related humor, which is always good to see.

    Oddly, for a movie this distinctive, the plot initially doesn't seem like much of a departure from Gangster Movie Central: after a hit gone wrong (the details of which emerge pretty early in the film) British hitmen Ray and Ken (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) are sent to the medieval Belgian town of Bruges for a cooling-off period by their psychotic boss Harry. The setting initially provides a source for some nice fish-out-of-water comedy (as well as a few not-so-subtle digs at Western tourists), but it's not long before the movie takes a turn into a more meditative, violent (though still frequently funny) direction. McDonagh's offbeat approach is best exemplified by a simple conversation scene between Ray and Ken around the midway point, which segues smoothly from an earnest meditation on belief and morality to a hilarious speculation on why a middle-aged lollypop man would know Karate, with Farrell and Gleason maintaining their straight faces all the way through. Some other scenes start to border on the surreal (particularly a coke binge with the dwarf and a few prostitutes), but the movie still manages to maintain its intelligence and solid characterizations througout. I didn't think I'd ever catch myself writing this, but Colin Farrell turns in a brilliant, multilayered performance as the potentially suicidal Ray, whose jokey, sardonic exterior barely manages to conceal the guilt raging beneath. The ever-reliable Brendan Gleeson is similiarly excellent as Ken, who initially appears to be little more than an older-and-wiser straight-man type but eventually emerges as a strong, loyal character in his own right. In the other principal role, Ralph Fiennes really seems to be enjoying himself as Harry, the outrageously profane and menacing(though strangely principled) gang leader.

    Overall, I can't find much about In Bruges to complain about. It's well-paced and sharply-written, it's got great central performances and some nice violent set pieces towards the end, and it all wraps up without overstaying its welcome. I haven't seen many movies recently that rank high on the rewatchability scale, but this one's going to end up getting several repeat viewings. Five stars, easy....more info
  • Lost Men
    Only Fiennes' (mob boss) and Farrell's (Ray) fine selves are on the DVD cover however Gleeson (Ken) is the pivot man in this wonderful movie. Gleeson is one of those actors that other actors play off of; he's the one who makes them seem even better than they are. Farrell's lost boy/man portrayal is especially wonderful although it's nice also to see Fiennes break out of type and be evil. As the title implies Bruges is a presence all it's own however this is mainly an interior movie. We see the behind doors Bruges for the most part. The characters smack against each other in confined spaces. There is great violence yet it is done quietly and comes suddenly and completely, almost but not quite unexpectedly. All the characters work hard at seeming in charge, decisive but Gleeson's Ken is the only one who truly creates his reality within the framework of his past choices. Too bad those choices have been less than moral. He knows who and what he is though and has his own moral code unlike Ray and the mob boss. Unfortunately Ray and the boss are already barreling forward to their dome and not even Gleeson's character can stop them. There is something very painterly about the exterior shots, especially the one's seen from the interior of a building, a train, a gazebo, a park bench, but if there's beauty there it's haunting and sad, presaging loss, tragedy....more info
  • Its entertaining...
    and its hilarious at bits but unfortunately the ending is predictable and ralph fiennes (an excellent actor see 'the quiz show') seems like he is just impersonating ben kingsly's charachter from sexy beast. theres no deeper meaning here that would warrant repeated viewings, definately a rent!...more info
  • A True Original
    This is one of the best films, if not the best, I've seen from 2008. So many films you go into with certain expectations and "In Bruges" defies them for the better. I categorize this film with "Pulp Fiction", "The Usual Suspects" and "Memento" as recent films that actually expand the language of the cinema. Director-scenarist Martin McDonagh does not take his cues from anyone. Many would lump this with Tarantino and Ritchie but this is a unique work. How many films center around hitmen where nary a bullet is fired except in flashback? This is a somber piece about men who rue their profession and regret the choices they've made infused with a certain level of wry humor. The film's main focus is on character but there are some fantastic story twists. The film's setting, the medieval city of Bruges in Belgium, adds to the film's exotic appeal. Colin Farrel finally given a role worthy of his talents, shines as the greenhorn gunman, Ray. Brendan Gleeson gives his best performance since "The General" as the more sensible hitman, Ken. Ralph Fiennes account of a ruthless crime boss is the best of it's kind since Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast". Fiennes gives you the chills even with his disembodied voice over the telephone. This is rough going in terms of language and violence but ultimately you'll walk away impressed by "In Bruges"....more info
  • Surprisingly positive experience
    Having never been a huge fan of pinup Colin Farrel who most of all look like a hairy version of the midgets his character is so fascinated by in this movie I went into this movie with rather low expectations and that might in part explain my excitement with the movie.

    This low paced low budget movie is so full of wit and brilliant lines that it makes more than up for the rather slow pace and predictable story line.

    The interaction between the two main characters is brilliant as they both struggle with their chosen profession as hit men. The midget sub-theme is absolutely amazing not the least in the scene when they are under the influence of a multitude of drugs. Their well dressed heavily swearing boss (even American movies will find it hard to give the F word as much prominence as in the message left at the hotel!) best moment is when he gives the small time smug a lecture shortly after the poor guy has lost his vision on one eye is classic.

    The movie is thoroughly entertaining and beautiful in its own little way....more info
  • "It's a fairytale town, isn't it? How's a fairytale town not somebody's (bleep)ing thing!?"
    It's a really tough task to make a movie that can be both hysterically funny and tragically sad at the same time. Don't do it right and you can have yourself a movie that feels uneven and awkward. That is not the case with "In Bruges," which has to be my favorite film of 2008. This is a film where the characters and even the location are the real stars.

    Ken and Ray are hit men who have to hide out in Bruges when a hit goes wrong and Ray ends up accidently killing a kid. Their boss, Harry, is none too happy with the end results and orders the two to hide out while he figures out what needs to be done. Laying low is not exactly the easiest thing for these two, seeing that Ken is completely taken away by Bruges and must sightsee. Ray, on the other hand, can't stand the bloody place and just about offends everybody who crosses paths with him--and let's not forget he has the most abnormal fascination with midgets. Ray also is feeling a lot of guilt and sadness over the poor little boy he accidently killed and has no idea if he can ever make things right again. All of this equals one vacation that they, nor you, will ever forget.

    I cannot express how much I love this movie. It is weird to encounter a movie that has both equal elements of comedy and tragedy. Because of this, you must sit and watch it all the way through before you can come to a concrete conclusion about the film, and I also highly recommend seeing it more than once. My appreciation and love of the movie grows with each viewing. There are so many memorable lines and scenes that will sure enough make this a cult hit within good time.

    As I mentioned before, the characters and location are the real stars rather than plot. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson make a great team and really convince you that they are in fact "Ray" and "Ken." And I cannot forget Ralph Fiennes who is both chilling and surprisingly even a bit sympathetic with his character. The movie is brilliantly written, shot and directed.

    I have to add that the DVD looks GORGEOUS. I could've sworn that I was watching it on Blu-Ray. The DVD includes a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

    "In Bruges" was an amazing experience for me, and it's one that I'll never forget. I love it when films dare to be different and refuses to be something where you can predict everything that is going to happen frame-by-frame. There are surprises in this movie, yes, but nothing that happens in this movie happens without a reason. I really hope more people will check it out. It's destined to be a classic, or at least that's the way I see it. - Michael Crane...more info
  • I don't know, I think I'D like to visit Bruges
    Really interesting premise/set-up: You get a gorgeous travelogue on the truly picturesque European city of Bruges, which is the backdrop of a violent, profane gangster tale. To further add to the theme of contrast, the film's most sensitive, likable character (played by Colin Farrell) has committed the most horrendous act in the film, and the most profane, brusque, and dangerous character- played by Ralph Fiennes in a third-act tour de force- actually has the most sensible outlook of everybody, as he attempts to undertake a type of justice for the Farrell character's undeniably appalling action. Brendon Gleeson is the most middle-of-the-road character here (a kind of stand-in for the audience, except that he's a hit man), and he attempts to work things out between everybody.

    Romance and edgy humor round out the mix, with everything bubbling along nicely and contributing to a film that's compelling and moving from beginning to end. Just don't expect an it-all-works-out-for-everybody, hearts-and-flowers ending. Of course, if you look at things in a kind of universal justice sort of way, maybe everything does work out the way it needed to.

    The DVD of "In Bruges" includes about an hour of extras, which give further details on both the travelogue and gritty crime aspects of the film. Final thought: Colin Farrell is really good here, jumping between subtle, nuanced moments and comic rants about how "anyone could EVER want to visit the boring city of Bruges". I liked him in Woody Allen's dark drama "Cassandra's Dream" and liked him even more here. Party animal or not, this guy's the real deal. ...more info