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Thursday, February 16, 2017

In Bruges (2008)

Two professional assassins, one experienced (Brendan Gleeson) and one relatively new (Colin Farrell), are sent to the city of Bruges in Belgium to await their next assignment. But it turns out that next assignment will have dire consequences for all concerned. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh (an Oscar winner for his short film SIX SHOOTER), this is a gem of a film. Balancing dark humor with intense action, the film is never less than captivating. All the more remarkable because all of the characters are pretty reprehensible on some level yet you can't help liking them, even Ralph Fiennes (who steals the film) as a sociopathic mobster. I'm still unclear as to whether Farrell's rookie hit man is dim witted or an innocent or perhaps a bit of both. Set in the fairy tale city of Bruges, the contrast of the charms of the quaint old city against the violence the hit men bring with them provide a unique narrative. Perhaps more complicated than it should be, it nevertheless provides a satisfying film experience. The delicate underscore is by Carter Burwell. With Clemence Poesy, Jordan Prentice, Thekla Reuten, Jeremie Renier and Zeljko Ivanek.

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