In Bruges (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
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Colin Farrell and Academy Award-nominee Ralph Fiennes star in this edgy, action-packed comedy, filled with thrilling chases, spectacular shoot-outs and an explosive ending you won't want to miss! Hit men Ray (Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson, Harry Potter) have been ordered to cool their heels in the storybook city of Bruges (it's in Belgium) after finishing a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists, they soon find themselves in a life & death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss (Fiennes)! Get ready for the outrageous and unpredictable fun you will have In Bruges, the movie critics are calling, "wildly entertaining" - Stephen Rebello, Playboy.
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If you're looking to buy it, chances are you've seen it. If you haven't, the tagline "Shoot first, sightsee later" is completely inaccurate. It's literally the other way around, being a dark comedy with very little shooting at all, mostly near the end besides a flashback. Ralph Fiennes' character doesn't show up until the last quarter of the film, and most of it takes place at night. Basically, the cover COMPLETELY contradicts the entire film. Don't judge a movie by its cover art.
That being said, it's an artfully-done dark comedy centering on two Irish hitmen who screwed up a job and are hiding in Bruges, Belgium until their boss Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes of Schindler's List and Harry Potter fame) calls. While Ken (Brendan Gleeson; Edge of Tomorrow, Harry Potter) loves the well-preserved medieval village, Ray (Colin Farrell; Miami Vice, Total Recall remake) hates it, until he meets a beautiful girl who isn't quite what she seems and a dwarf actor he continually insults. The plot twists and turns and you'll find yourself laughing hysterically, hating yourself for finding insensitive jokes funny, and crying within the span of a few minutes, while marvelling at the photography.
This review is for the Blu-RAY (See what I did there? Ray? Get it? Like the charac- never mind). I put the film into my Xbox One, which was connected to the internet. It had to download several online features, WITHOUT prompting me, and took several minutes before I could start up the film. A minor annoyance I was willing to put up with to watch my favorite film in high definition. It's almost TOO high. In darker scenes, I could easily see individual silver hallide crystals from the film it was shot on, which happens very often, especially in films shot primarily in the dark. This didn't bother me, and even made the movie a more authentic experience. What DID bother me was the opening shots. As they were slowed down, the film grain became more noticeable, as each frame was up for about three times longer than shots with movement. I can't quite explain this effectively. I don't have a good audio setup, but I definitely didn't notice a BAD difference between my DVD and Blu-ray. If there is one, I'm not qualified enough to review it.
As expected, the film looked great in high-definition, and was well worth re-buying. Unlike Bruges, this disc is NOT a $h!thole.
and was enthralled in it the entire time!
I love a good independent film which strays off the beaten path,
yet in it's originality, doesn't lose or alienate with it's desire to be different.
A lot of times, indies rely too much on trying to shock and be esoteric that they
loose focus and just run haywire!---Well, this wasn't the case with "IN BRUGES"!
The one thing you may or may not have a problem with is the very thick irish brogue
that both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson speak in during this film, but then they
are playing very working class lower level irish hitmen who work for the London syndicate.
Alot of the humour is very british and irish, but still translates well I think.
Gleeson plays a more seasoned, world-weary hitman who has a no miss/no mess reputation
in his dubious line of work. Farrell plays a gruff, hot-headed, quicksilver younger hitman
who does things more off the cuff than Gleeson's more methodical and thorough character does!
This dynamic adds to the friction and alot of the darkly comic moments in this film.
The two are an odd couple of sorts who constantly bicker & banter, but respect each
other as much as two murderous criminals can.
They have an older brother/younger brother relationship.
Well, the two are comissioned to a "job" that goes horribly wrong and
starts a chain of unfortunate events that takes place in the unlikely
city of Bruges, Belgium. Bruges is known as a beautiful bohemian type city
in Belgium, which prides itself on being one of the most intact (architecturally)
european cities dating back to the dark ages.
Gleeson and Farrell find themselves reluctantly exiled there after the fouled hit,
awaiting further instructions from their BOSS, ruthlessly and cunningly
played by the great Ralph Fiennes, who gives a darkly chilling yet funny
(in some parts) performance in this ensemble film.
While they wait to hear further instructions, Gleeson and Farrell encounter the
very friendly but quirky townsfolk of Bruges, which add moments
of levity to offset the graphic violence in some places throughout the film.
Anyway, the order comes down from THE BOSS and it's not an easy pill to swallow
for Gleeson, and from there the film takes on a poignant, tragic, yet ultimately
triumphant turn that will have you clapping at the end, I promise.
Even though it will be an ending that you don't expect. (-:
I give this movie 5 stars for it's originality, great writing,
believable acting, dark humour and overall entertainment value!
A worthwhile addition to your DVD collection!
Colin Farrell and his buddy, Bendan Gleeson, are hitmen, sent to Bruges after Farrell accidentally kills a little boy while doing a hit. His boss, Ralph Fiennes, plays an out of character role in this movie; boss of the hitmen who wants to kill Farrell for shooting the child.
Ironically, Farrell feels so badly about killing a child that he wants to take his own life. He has lost the will to live. Fiennes has sent him to Bruges so that he can see a beautiful place before he dies but Farrell hates Bruges. In Farrell's words: "A great day this has turned out to be. I'm suicidal, me gun gets nicked, and we're still in f....k'n Bruges.
Colin plays his part to perfection: a naive, unsophisticated hitman with a good heart. The other actors are also top notch.
I recommend this movie unreservedly.
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