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Maybe that's what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in f**king Bruges.
In Bruges (DVD)
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In Bruges (DVD)
Advantages: Funny, beautifully shot, wicked script, great extras
Disadvantages: Not a thing this is an awesome film
This British film was a bit of a sleeper hit when first released. Starring Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell as two Irish Hitmen sent to Bruges to hide out after a job goes horribly wrong.
The film follows Ken (Gleeson) and Ray (Farrell) as they are asked to hide out in Brugges by Harry Walters (Ralph Fiennes) a proper gangster after a hit goes horribly wrong.
Whilst they lie low, Ken and Ray muse on the city they are hiding in, Ken views it as stunning and filled with history, whilst the younger, dumber Ray is bored witless and gets into endless scrapes including an amusing one with an obese American.
As the film develops we discover that there are further reasons for the pair hiding out in Bruges and it becomes a question of ethics and hope, as the film descends into violence and recrimination.
Colin Farrell ... Ray
Jean-Marc Favorin ... Policeman
Ralph Fiennes ... Harry Waters
Brendan Gleeson ... Ken
Eric Godon ... Yuri
Zeljko Ivanek ... Canadian Guy
Sachi Kimura ... Imamoto
Anna Madeley ... Denise
Louis Nummy ... Harry's child #3
Clémence Poésy ... Chloë Villette
I loved this film, its written by the acclaimed Playwright Martin McDonaugh and you can see this in the superior script, the lines for Gleeson and Farrell are excellent and this is a smart, intelligent independent film.
Gleeson is excellent as Ken, an experienced hitman who knows the score but has a conscience, he plays his role perfectly as a man who is cultured and thoughtful but able to switch to merciless killer in an instant. Farrell is excellent as the rude, abraisive and slightly stupid Ray, he has a lot of good lines and portrays a good mix of anger, ineptitude and vulnerability. Farrell is amusing and his scrapes with obese Americans, racist drug abusing dwarfs and the Belgian criminal underbelly are hilarious.
Ralph Fiennes is awesome as Harry a gangster with a silly voice and a real love for Bruges, he is the catalyst for an awful chain of events and his swearing may offend some but his character works perfectly in this charmingly offensive film.
Bruges is stunning and utterly beautiful as we follow the leads around the city, the canals, castles and gothic ruins look amazing and it has made me really want to visit.
I enjoyed the film no end, i loved the dialogue, the location was wonderful and the 3 main actors are brilliant, the guy who plays the racist dwarf was amusing and the other support actors are pretty good.
This is a sleeper hit which I would really recommend, it doesn't have a huge budget but it is one of the better comedy dramas i've seen in a few years and is the best Farrell film i've seen since Phone Booth.
This DVD is packed with Extras and it is pretty varied too with comedy, out takes, interviews and even a fairly interesting travelogue.
When in Bruges: This is a cool featurette with interviews and a good idea of how much fun the film was to make.
Strange Bruges is the stars of the film talking about what they like/don't like about Bruges, this section is a bit more hit and miss.
F***ing Bruges is a selection of some of the best swearing from the film, its not big and its not clever but it is very amusing and I really found it funny in a juvenile way.
A Boat Trip Around Bruges, shows us around this beautiful medieval city, which is stunning.
There are also some amusing jokes from the film
The extras are pretty good with loads of deleted scenes, which are very amusing, two extended scenes which are pretty long but do add meat to some of the story too, so are well worth checking out.
The DVD is available for £4.70 on Amazon and is well worth it with such a range of extras and such a good film.
Summary: Maybe that's what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in f**king Bruges.