In Bruges

2008

In Bruges

Critics Consensus

Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.

84%

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87%

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User Ratings: 112,603
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Bruges (pronounced "broozh"), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from all over the world. But, for hit men Ray and Ken, it could be their final destination. A difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks. Very much out of place amidst the gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by the bloodshed in London, hates the place, while Ken, even as he keeps a fatherly eye on Ray's often profanely funny exploits, finds his mind and soul being expanded by the beauty and serenity of the city. But, the longer they stay waiting for Harry's call, the more surreal their experience becomes, as they find themselves in weird encounters with locals, tourists, violent medieval art, a dwarf American actor shooting a European art film, Dutch prostitutes, and a potential romance for Ray in the form of Chloë, who may have some dark secrets of her own. And, when the call from Harry does finally come, Ken and Ray's vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences.

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Cast

Zeljko Ivanek
as Canandian Guy
Sachi Kimura
as Imamoto
Theo Stevenson
as Boy in Church
Rudy Blomme
as Ticket Seller
Olivier Bonjour
as Film Director
Jamie Edgell
as Boat Driver
Mark C. Donovan
as Overweight Man
Ann Elsley
as Overweight Woman #2
Stephanie Carey
as Canadian Girl
Ciarán Hinds
as Priest--uncredited
Lois Nummy
as Harry's Child #3
Emily Thorling
as Overweight Woman
Angel Witney
as Harry's Child #2
Bonnie Witney
as Harry's Child #1
Ran Yaniv
as Barman
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  • Aug 08, 2015
    A bit too violent, but otherwise, fantastic plot.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    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. "Shoot First. Sightsee Later." In Bruges was exactly what I thought it would be after seeing Seven Psychopaths before seeing Martin McDonagh's feature film debut, In Bruges. It's a fast talking, smart, dark comedy that features three great performances from Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. There's really very little to not like about this movie. After a job that goes wrong in London, two hit men, Ray(the new guy) and Ken(the veteran) are instructed to stay at a bed and breakfast in Bruges, Belgium and await further instruction from their boss, Harry. Ray is guilt stricken after what occurred on his first hit and hates Bruges. Ken enjoys the days in Bruges, but knows that the "little vacation" won't last. This is a must see film. The dialogue is smart and fresh, Colin Farrell is hilarious and you gotta love any movie with Brendan Gleeson in it, just for having Brendan Gleeson in it. I tend to believe that McDonagh outdid himself with his follow up to In Bruges, but nonetheless this is still a terrific film.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2013
    In Bruges is one of the most bizarre movies I've ever watched, but it's easily the best film of 2008 and one of the greatest movies to come out in the last 10-15 years. I can't think of many other movies that can rack up the laughs and put you as close to tears as this one does. Everything about In Bruges is great. From the dialog, to the actors, to the directing, there isn't a single thing for me to find and not like. And that's coming from someone who hates Colin Farrel to the core. I can't stand anything about the guy, but his performance in this movie is enough to get a little respect from me. Brendan Gleeson is also fantastic, but the true great actor out of this movie is Ralph Fiennes, who is absolutely hilarious in every possible way. A lot of the best quotes come from him, like the classic "You're and inanimate (expletive) object!" or his response to seeing an Uzi on Yuri's table. Just thinking about some of his lines makes me crack up. In what was a pretty decent year in film, 2008 delivered the likes of The Dark Knight, Slumdog Millionaire, Benjamin Button, and Frost/Nixon, but the true highlight of the year was the endlessly clever and masterfully made In Bruges.
    Drew O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2013
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Martin McDonagh is one of the sharpest and wittiest writers in the business today and for me it's a crime how underseen his blackly comedic and instant classic In Bruges is. In all of the film's success at being strangely depressing and monotone whilst somehow being funny and scary at the same time it is easily the most original British gangster movie since Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. This is the rare piece of weird, smart and unpredictable filmmaking energy that brings more to the genre it belongs with than the average expectations. The perfect example of that is a Colin Farrell performance that isn't dull and two dimensional but rather brilliant and genuinely interesting. Through every minute of the film his hilariously deadpan fish out of water chemistry with Brendan Gleeson results in a brilliant pair of crime thriller leads. The directing is as creative and sensitive as you might have expected considering McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film "Six Shooter" and his keen eye for fleshing out the locations are no exception. Personally I loved the slow pace that he decided to go with, he proves that zany one liners and stupidly electrifying direction don't always have to be part of what makes a fun and entertaining thriller. This is solid filmmaking and one of the most understated films i've seen in a good while. The gloomy depressed tone of the film magnetises perfectly with original and weirdly upbeat black humour so much that I forgot it was a crime drama and not an Edgar Wright-esque dark comedy. In Bruges is indiscreetly violent to fantastic dramatic effect, there's vast amounts of broad and memorable scenes of truly nail biting tension, and not once does the film give out a single hint at where any of it is going. It's somehow an "of the moment" film but concurrently grips you throughout it's seemingly short lasting duration. It's still at the top of my list for the biggest surprises of 2008. McDonagh's latest flick Seven Psychopaths will have to be pretty damn flawless to appear superior, at least in my eyes.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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