Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Martin McDonagh
In Bruges is not a typical gangster film, although Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson star as a pair of Dublin hit-men who're sent to this picture-perfect 'fairytale' town in Belgium to cool their heels by their gangster boss after a hit goes very wrong. Farrell's the hotheaded, impulsive one who doesn't know what to do in a place like this, while Gleeson plays the older, quieter one who embraces the opportunity to do a little sightseeing. Bruges, in fact, serves not just as a filming location but acts as a character in the film, and if nothing else, you can be sure you'll want to take a holiday to this quaint little medieval Belgian town after you've seen the film.
Anyways, the movie introduces us to a host of quirky characters like the dwarf who's in Bruges shooting for a film, and who gets into a funny spat with Farrell's character; there's also the pretty, young drug-peddler who Farrell falls for; but most intriguing of them all is the fast-talking, obscenity-hurling gangster boss played by Ralph Fiennes. What's remarkable about this film is the fact that our two protagonists are assassins, but they seem more like ordinary fellows with surprising moral codes, despite their occupation. You can't help feeling really sorry for Farrell's character who's overcome with guilt at having made one wrong move. You also can't help feeling affection towards Gleeson's character who has such a paternal influence over Farrell in the film.
In Bruges is a very enjoyable film, mostly because of its outstanding dialogue which - if you think about it - reminds you distinctly of how Tarantino's characters speak. The chemistry that Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson share is pretty fantastic and their moments of sparring and arguing are particularly memorable. In fact, it's a film that'll keep you hooked until the very end. It's the only bittersweet gangster film I've ever seen.
Get hold of a DVD right away, I assure you of a very satisfying evening.