Two hit men waiting for their next mission to be assigned, discuss life and death while roaming the surreal and Medieval streets of Bruges. When the mission is finally revealed to them, it is not what they expected.
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Martin McDonagh skillfully crafts a pitch-black comedy, where the absurdity more than makes up for the thin story. Gleeson and Farrell are a great pair, and the supporting pair of Fiennes and Poésy were evil and beautiful, respectively. McDonagh could use some more time planning more creative ways to shoot his scenes, but otherwise no complaints - well paced with steady humour, a great first feature.
An outright masterpiece. An unpredictable movie about guilt and boredom and displacement, with the darkest sense of humor and tenderest friendship on film. In sum, McDonagh stands with contemporaries like Duncan Jones and Rian Johnson, genre-savvy craftsmen who hold tight to their concepts and run with them regardless of what the audience expects or the critics think. --PolarisDiB
An insane Boschian fantasy about mortality. The dreadful feeling of imminent death is present throughout the entire film and renders it more than a typical shootabout action film. Also hilarious at times. Revives faith in contemporary popular cinema. Then I walk out of the house and see 2012 posters.
It is a smart and witty film. The obvious standout of the film is the dialogue. It keeps the audience entertained. The screenplay may venture into some cliches, but the banter makes the whole thing worth. Farrell's performance was my favorite, and that says a lot seeing as the whole cast is incredibly talented and perfectly cast. It is indeed a great debut for writer-director Martin McDonagh.
Dreadfully underrated film, a great comedy of bloodshed death and moral questioning, not necessarily in that order. Colin Farrell has never been better, Brendan Gleeson likewise, and Ralph Fiennes shines. Splendid.