Ray, a novice hitman, and his partner, Ken, await orders from their confrontational boss, Harry, in Bruges, Belgium after a ‘job gone wrong’.
Writer and Director Martin Mcdonagh’s ‘In Bruges’ is his first foray into feature film making after his Oscar winning short film, ‘Six Shooter’. His nomination for writing is well deserved; the dialogue is sharp, witty and allows the corrupted personalities of characters to seep into this dark comedy with ease. A highly quotable film that can be watched twice without losing its sheen.
Unfortunately, ‘In Bruges’ leaves the audience wanting more; both Ken and Harry’s backstories perhaps should have been touched upon to make motives more understandable, and this is a shame for a film themed around judgement based on the past.
However, characters are emotionally driven throughout and the relationship played by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farell is performed so spectacularly, it makes the men with a murderous past seem positively affable.
A satirical, powerful film, and one that needs an audience’s attention to be appreciated fully.