85 / 365 – ‘In Bruges’ (2008) – 107 mins
IMDb Challenge #50 / 250 – Ranked #198 – Via iTunes
After a job gone wrong, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are sent to the Belgian city of Bruges by their London crime boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes). It is just before Christmas and they have been instructed to lie low for a couple of weeks and wait for Harry’s call. For Ray, who is still haunted by the recent bloodshed, playing tourist in the picturesque town with its cobbled streets and canals is a drag, but Ken, who loves the art galleries and churches, is rather enjoying it. Nothing goes as planned, however, as Ray and Ken encounter locals and tourists, including a dwarf American actor (Jordan Prentice) and lovely Chloë (Clémence Poésy) who is hiding some secrets of her own. When Harry finally calls with the identity of the next target, Ray and Ken’s interlude in Bruges takes a dramatic turn.
“You’ve got to stick to your principles” are the morals Ray, Ken and Harry individually wrestle with in this black comedy set in the city of Bruges. The first ten minutes had me laughing out loud as Ray subtly describes this storybook city, as a ‘shithole’, whilst happy-go-lucky Ken clearly enjoys it for its culture and charm.
Superbly photographed and scored, ‘In Bruges’ maintains its offbeat tone throughout with its memorable characters against some rich and foul mouthed dialogue, which pays off perfectly to it make very very funny indeed and sometimes surprisingly moving, you’ll certainly find this trip a very worthwhile one.