Friday, February 15, 2008


Crime thriller

Colin Farrell: Ray, a hit-man from Dublin
Brendan Gleeson: his older partner-in-crime Ken
Thekla Reuten: innkeeper Marie
Clémence Poésy: Chloë, working with a movie company
Jordan Prentice: the dwarf Jimmy
Ralph Fiennes: the big boss Harry

Generally there is not a lot of humour associated with crime thrillers, which makes this movie so unusual. Interspersed with some rather smart dialog are a number of good one-liners and a few rather comical situations.

Another thing that sets this one apart is the pace: pretty nearly everything evolves slowly without undue haste, quite unlike most films of this sort that are generally frantic non-stop action.

As an added bonus, the acting throughout is top notch and the charming city of Bruges makes for a lovely backdrop to the entire affair.

for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, and some drug use.

Ken takes several swigs from his beer and the level is below some writing that encircles the glass. Ray enters and sits down on the stool beside him but now Ken’s beer is back to the level it was after the first gulp.

Ken and Ray arrive together on the train platform. The digital clock behind them shows the time to be 11:45. Ray gets on the train and they chat for a couple of minutes at most then the train pulls out of the station. The round clock at the end of the platform reads 12:00, about 10 minutes earlier than it should be.

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