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Destructoid C-Blog Movie Review: In Bruges

I had very low expectations for this movie. I'd seen the trailer, hitmen hiding out, and something else goes wrong, yeah, I'd seen it before. Grosse Pointe Blank did it already. So did Agent 47. So what is there left to do for In Bruges?

Be funny, be british, and put in some big name stars.

Lo and behold to my surprise, the entire starring cast is made up of actors from the Harry Potter universe.

Didn't know that did you?

Well, lets see.

We have Brendan Gleeson (Ken), playing one of the two hitmen.

Ralph Finnes (Howard) playing the boss.

And Colin Farrell (Ray) playing the other hitman.

Note: This is a stock photo of Colin. His hair is much shorter in the movie.

The plot revolves around a pair of hitmen, Ray and Ken, who are in hiding in a small town in Belgium after a recent hit in England.

Why there? Because Howard found the town to be a beautiful town to visit when he was a small child. And it was cheaper than the Bahamas.

Ray is very disinterested in staying in Bruges, and clearly upset about the whole situation.

Ken is a lot more melancholy about the whole process, and we come to find out that Ray is new at this whole hitman thing, while Ken is a veteran and knows that this is just all part of the process.

Matters are complicated when Howard attempts to call them and they miss the call due to sightseeing. When Ken and Ray do manage to speak to Howard the next night, they find out that their stay is slightly more than just going into hiding.

The film has a deliberately slow pace, odd framing, and very moody soundtrack. The film slows down it's pacing on these fronts to add a layer of surreality to the proceedings, and make Ray's experiences while in Bruges a lot more unusual. One of the highlights is when Ray meets up with an American dwarf actor who is in Bruges to shoot a film that is described as "a eurotrash piece of shit surrealism."

In an amusing scene, Ken and the dwarf, both stoned and high, share a conversation about
the abnormally high rate of suicide amongst dwarf actors.

Despite the slow pace of the film and the meandering story telling at work here, the film is actually quite decent. It elicits quite a bit of humor out of the Ray's inability to shut up. In a scene with Ray being approached by some overweight tourists, the humor is kicked up a notch not just with Ray's behavior, but Ken's unknowning poor advice given to the same tourists.

I really enjoyed this film, and despite it's apparent status as an arthouse film, I would consider this to be an excellent comedy in this time of year when we're often subjected to some of the worst films of the year.

I rate it 3 out of 5 broomsticks.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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