In Bruges

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Bruges
Ray and Ken, two foul-mouthed Irish hit men, are hiding out in Bruges, Belgium. For Ray, Bruges is a place where you can spend a year in a weekend, while Ken finds the ancient town calming and contemplative. Ken and Ray work for Harry, a crime lord who eventually materializes in Bruges, and ends up proving that even professional hitmen have their feelings. A loopy, violent fable that is part thriller, part spoof, with a dash of dark comedy, leavened with intellectual conceits and religious allegory--but in no way is "In Bruges" long, boring, or slow.

Publisher: [New York, NY] : Focus Features ; Universal City, CA : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, ©2008.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 07, 2015
  • jonathanhowells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hilarious movie- though be warned it is full of profanity, and the movie is a rather brutal ( at times ) black comedy.

Jan 12, 2015
  • wintergloom rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A very tedious film to watch. I heard about this film after coming home from a European vacation and I took a day trip to Bruges on a suggestion from a receptionist at the hostel that I stayed at in Brussels. Bruges is a nice, quaint, cosmopolitan town, yet the film downplays the sophistication of the locals and over-romanticizes the "fairy tale" qualities of the town. Colin Farrell's acting is so painful to watch. I'd suggest watching a documentary on Bruges instead.

Dec 19, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Irish humour is dark and heavy in Martin McDonagh’s amazing debut feature, a thoroughly engrossing mix of Shakespearean tragedy and religious parable with just a touch of Abbot & Costello. Ray and Ken are hired killers on the lam after a contracted murder in London goes horribly awry. Fleeing to Brussels to hide out while awaiting further instructions from Harry, the brutish gangster who hired them, the two men try to get along as best they can despite wildly differing personalities. But when the new orders finally arrive, Harry ends up making them an offer they can neither refuse nor accept. As the foul-mouthed yet strangely vulnerable Ray, Colin Farrell exhibits a manic energy which dominates every scene; his thick brogue making even the most innocuous sentence a reason to smirk. Brendan Gleeson’s Ken, on the other hand, is a study in forbearance; a curious blend of wide-eyed wonder and weary stoicism. As the two play off each other along the streets and canals of Belgium’s capital they manage to piss off everyone they encounter from Belgians, Americans and Canadians to fat people, hookers and coke-snorting dwarves. McDonagh’s fiendishly clever script constantly challenges our expectations while the superb cinematography incorporates Brussels’ brooding medieval buildings and alleyways to create a sombre fairytale aesthetic further enhanced by a wistful musical score. The film’s relentlessly mounting suspense finally comes to a head on Christmas Eve when Harry travels to Bruges in order to confront the two errant hit men. What follows is a masterful fusion of form and substance ending in a gorgeously contrived coda lifted right from Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgement. Hysterical, brutal, and unexpectedly moving...a pure delight.

Dec 14, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A DEEPLY RACIST and pathetic script instigating an imaginary race war that will clearly never happen in real life ever,and a suicidal hit man that gets shot multiple times like the 1st time Tupac Shakur did all of a sudden wants to live after that.To the Chicago public librarian that told me this was a good action movie,YOU'RE A LIAR period.As it turns out,WHITE SUPREMACY is much worse than even i think it is,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 29, 2014
  • Froster rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining, but never quite finds the right balance between humor and violence. McDonagh is a well-regarded playwright, but he hasn't mastered calibrating how much gore to display on the screen. In this case, it's WAY too much, and finally turns one off to some really superb acting and quirky verbal brilliance. Stage blood is NOT screen blood, and he doesn't GET IT YET. However, for those of us who have despaired of Colin Farrell, let it be said that he is absolutely wonderful in this, and that it's a damn shame that none of this skill and soulfulness has ever shown up before or since.

Nov 24, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wacky but thoroughly enjoyable gangster film (well, sort of) shot in the little known Belgium town of Bruges. Two hitman with heart, or at least some form of principle, are in hideout, with one loving the scenery and the other hating it. Plenty of violence and killing here. One addition bonus is you get to be an armchair tourist in Bruges. And don't forget to do the boat ride around the canals - part of the DVD extras.

Oct 22, 2014
  • thislibrarysucksbad rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A unique combination of dumb and boring.

Jul 05, 2013
  • bunny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent dark comedy showing Farrels acting skills.

Jun 04, 2013
  • michlmac rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's fun, it's dark, it's over the top, it's deep, it's violent, it's a terrifically good film. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have extraordinary chemistry, aided and abetted by a well-written script and brilliant direction, along with the much-maligned Bruges scenery. There is also also a perfectly nuanced performance by Ralph Fiennes as a crime boss, The dialogue is reminiscent of Damon Runyon, the violence of Tarantino without his excesses. Try to watch this with friends.

Mar 03, 2013

One of the best films I have ever seen and I am a tough critic.

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Sep 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 03, 2009
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ray: "Why didn't you wave hello to me today when I waved hello to you today?" Jimmy: "I was on a very strong horse tranquilizer today... Wasn't waving hello to anybody. Except... maybe to a horse." Ray: "Huh? What are you talking about?" Jimmy: "Just horsesh*t." Ray: "You from America?" Jimmy: "Yeah. Don't hold it against me." Ray: "Well, that's for me to decide, isn't it? You from America too?" Denise: "No, I'm from Amsterdam." Ray: "Amsterdam! Amsterdam's just a lot of bloody prostitutes, isn't it?" Denise: "Yes, that's why I came to Bruges. I thought I'd get a better price for my p*ssy here." Ray: "Hey? ...You two are weird. Would you like some cocaine?"

Sep 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ken: Your girlfriend's very pretty.
Jimmy: She's ain't my girlfriend. She's a prostitute I just picked up.
Ken: I was not aware that there were any prostitutes in Bruges.
Jimmy: You just have to look in the right places... brothels are good.
Ken: Well, you've picked up a very pretty prostitute.
Jimmy: Thank you.

Sep 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ken: Coming up?
Ray: What's up there?
Ken: The view.
Ray: The view of what? The view of down here? I can see that down here.
Ken: Ray, you are about the worst tourist in the whole world.
Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.

Sep 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

[first lines]
Ray: After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames, washed the residue off me hands in the bathroom of a Burger King, and walked home to await instructions. Shortly thereafter the instructions came through - "Get the f**k out of London, you dumb f**ks. Get to Bruges." I didn't even know where Bruges f**king was.
Ray: It's in Belgium.


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Sep 04, 2011
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Jun 01, 2012
  • littlelo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After killing an innocent boy in London, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell, in a Golden Globe–winning role) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are ordered to lay low at a bed and breakfast in Bruges, Belgium, until their boss (Ralph Fiennes) phones with further instructions. But when he calls, Ken doesn't like the assignment. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, this dark comedy earned a BAFTA for Best Original Screenpla

Sep 04, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs.

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