Sunday, December 20, 2009

In Bruges [2008]

Director: Martin McDonagh
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes
Genre:
Drama/Black Comedy
Rating: Adult (bloody violence, drug use)
Comment: "Easily one of the most underrated movies of recent times..."

Ever heard of In Bruges? Or even Bruges for that matter? Me neither. Apparently it's some kind of a backwater place in Belgium. In fact, this became like a running joke throughout the movie, although this type of humour is only the nip of the tip of the iceberg.

The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hitmen who were sent to Bruges after a job went horribly wrong. The peaceful and quiet town became like a refuge for both hitmen who began to contemplate and ponder upon the meaning of life... and death.

Placing this movie in any particular genre was rather difficult, for it can be summarised as a drama that is dark in tone, although it was lightened up here and there by some dark comedy. It sounds rather peculiar, but that's the beauty of it - it actually works. A rather dark story being placed in a rather bright setting, it's pure brilliance.

Part of it's charm probably came from it's lack of prominence amongst feature films. Although there are no Hollywood A-list actors aside from Colin Farrell, this film stars some of the most charismatic actors today. There's Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, arguably best known to casual movie-goers for their roles in the Harry Potter franchise, and also Colin Farrell known for starring in several Hollywood action flicks.

Points Calculation

The Good [+100]
- Story
- Casting

The Bad [-0]
- (None)

100 - 20 = 80 points

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