In Bruges (2008) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: January 17, 2008
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Music by: Carter Burwell
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy, Jordan Prentice, Thekla Reuten, Jérémie Renier, Anna Madeley, Elizabeth Berrington, Mark Donovan, Željko Ivanek, Ciarán Hinds, Matt Smith

Irish contract assassins Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to Belgium city (of) in Bruges and told to wait for further instructions from their foulmouthed employer Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes).

Irish assassins Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) stucks in Bruges.

While Ken takes a stroll to visit historical and medieval buildings, with Ray feeling guilt-stricken over an accidental murder of a child.

Chloë (Clémence Poésy) and Ray together

One night, while observing a film shoot with the dwarf actor Jimmy (Jordan Prentice), Ray stalked and made love with Chloë (Clémence Poésy), a local drug dealer and  a production assistant.

Harry (Ralph Fiennes) wants Ray dead

Ken received a call from Harry and the  order was to assassinate Ray but he is reluctant to do so until he saw Ray tried to put a bullet to his own head. Then, Ken stopped Ray from killing himself and told him about Harry and decided to let Ray go.

Ken purchased a train ticket for Ray to leave Belgium but feeling worried over Ken. Knowing that Harry will have to shoot Ken for dismissing him, Ray returns to Bruges only to be arrested by the local police for assaulting the Canadian tourist.

Then, the chase between Harry, Ken and Ray began. Ken was caught by Harry at The Belfry before shooting him and pushing him down to his death from the highest floor. Harry spotted Ray below.

The dwarf actor Jimmy was along the way and was shot. Harry has a good principle when it involves children but mistaken the dwarf actor as a child – that he shot Ray and then put a bullet to his brains.

Ray was seen inside the ambulance with Chloë calling to him until he fade to black.

Reviewer’s Note:
A remarkable Irish film filled with lots of comedy. Absolutely dark. Bruges is a beautiful city of Belgium. Absolutely magnificent in its beauty. The architecture and art is just great.

In Bruges is a simple story-telling of a defect assassin who is not only placed on vacation. One who does not like art will not enjoy any sight-seeing. Well, it’s portrayed on Ray’s expression when Ken decides to visit places.

Excellent film that you should watch if you have not!

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