Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.
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Ray, (COLIN FARRELL), and Ken, (BRENDAN GLEESON), are Irish hitmen who have just carried out an assignment in London where somethingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gone wrong. Their boss, Harry (RALPH FIENNES) orders them to hide out in the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges. Ray is not at all impressed.
Ray meets Chloe, (CLEMENCE POESY), who seems to be working on a film being shot in the city, and she allows him to take her out to dinner. They also encounter Jimmy, (JORDAN PRENTICE), a dwarf actor working on the film.
Irish playwright Martin McDonagh directs his first screenplay with IN BRUGES and the influence seems to be one part Harold Pinter, one part David Mamet and one part Quentin Tarantino.
The film has the flimsiest of plots, and for quite a deal of the time the dialogue, though always amusing and pointedly non-PC, is quite desultory.
But somehow, despite the contrived conclusion, it all works marvellously, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thanks to some terrific performances. COLIN FARRELL has never been better as the not-very-bright Ray. BRENDAN GLEESON exudes calm and determination as Ken, and RALPH FIENNES, who makes a belated but very engaging performance as their ruthless boss, Harry, is just great.
As the enigmatic Chloe, (CLEMENCE POESY) is splendid. Despite contrivances, the screenplay is quite cleverly put together, and though the film is pretty violent, it gets by on its witty dialogue.
As a bonus, the canal city of Bruges provides a timeless backdrop to this very contemporary yarn.
This film shocked me by how well it was made and by the great performances of the cast. Now I don't usually say this but Colin Farrell who is a main character does a great job acting in this film, better than any other films he has done. Brendan Gleeson is another main character and he does a great job like he does in all the films I have ever seen him play in. These two guys play hitmen who are sent to Bruges, Belgium and they are histerical. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson play off each other so well that it doesn't seem like they are acting, instead they are just being themselves. Now the first two thirds of the film it is all about these two but in the last third of the film their boss goes from being just a voice on a phone to a person you see who is played by Ralph Fiennes.
Now the film is about these two hitmen Ray and Ken(Farrell and Gleeson) who complete a job and it goes intensely wrong. So their boss sends them to Bruges to hideout because its a place where no one would look for them. Now they are able to do whatever they want to as long as they lay low and don't cause any problems. So the film shows them both taking a completely different look at Bruges where one of them loves to sightsee and the other could care less. Ken(Gleeson) buys a guidebook and wants to tour the city while Ray(Farrell) wants to go on dates and watch movies being filmed. Now their boss Harry(Fiennes) calls and tells one of them about a job he wants done and the person's decision is what makes the plot work for the rest of the film.
As I have said before I am not one to spoil a film so all I will say is that this movie is great because instead of following typical hollywood guidelines of how a movie should develop a plot and end a film it takes the characters and use them to shows us the plot. This film works on the characters shown to us and use the way they put themselves into and out of situations to bring us into the conclusion. The climatic ending happens what would seem naturally from the characters actions instead of being forced there. There are a lot of points in the movie that are gut wrenching from showing us what these men did. Not too many films can make the characters develop the plot instead of the plot developing the characters or not developing them at all. This film is a great action comedy and it is hilarious at times and tough to watch at others but only because of the situations not because the film lacked any thing.