What do you get when you send two Irish hit men to Bruges? The answer
is a very witty drama that stars Colin Farrell as Ray and Brendan
Gleeson as Ken, two hit men who have been sent to Belgium to lie low
after a hit went bad.
Their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes) has
ordered them to Bruges, a beautiful and scenic city in Belgium to
play the tourist and wait patiently for his call regarding their
Unfortunately for Ray, he becomes quite bored in
this town and seeks some excitement where he eventually meets a
young Belgian girl who is involved in her own money making racket
with her boyfriend by
stealing money from tourists.
Unfortunately when Ken receives the
phone call from Harry, he orders him to kill Ray as he accidentally
shot a child in England which goes against his own code of morals. Ken is
caught between a rock and a hard place and when he refuses the
assignment, Harry is on the first flight to Bruges to set things
In Bruges is beautifully written crime drama that is made perfect by
Farrell, Gleeson and Fiennes as they all get into their roles and
give their utmost performance. Fiennes is definitely the star as he
plays the moralistic challenged Harry.
As for Ray and Ken, although they are hired hit men, they both have their own
internal norms of society such as friendships and how they must act
in society which eventually becomes quite convoluted in the movie.
Add in a midget and you've really got a messed up yet delightful
On Blu-ray, the video quality is
exceptional that is matched with the cinematography of the film
which boasts exceptionally sharp images, true black levels and a
vibrant colour palette when used. Match that with 5.1 Dolby Digital
surround and this is a true cinematic experience that makes
use of the surround sound system, especially the end scene with the
two on the run.
conclusion, In Bruges is drama and a comedy that is quite satisfying
due to the well written dialogue, actors and the scenic locale of
Bruges. With a few twists and turns, some predictable and some not,
this is one movie that I could happily recommend to a variety of
should also be mentioned that the F-bomb is said quite a few times
in this movie!
When in Bruges
A boat trip around Bruges