U.S./U.K., 2008, 107 min, 35mm, Dir. Martin McDonagh, Rated R, Universal Pictures
“This film debut by Martin McDonagh is an endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
After accidentally shooting a young boy in the head during while assassinating a priest, rookie hit-man Ray (Colin Farrell, full-on Irish) is sent to Bruges with his mentor Ken (Brendan Gleeson) until the heat blows over. The beautifully preserved medieval city is a lively character unto its own that Ken is eager to explore but Ray loathes, airing his contempt in loud, hilarious expletive-laden dialogue. But there they must wait until further instructions from their boss. Writer-director Martin McDonagh was already an acclaimed playwright when he released his feature-length debut, In Bruges, in 2008. He infused the tired ‘hit-man on a job’ genre with a darkly humorous lens that finds the comedy in tragedy and examines notions of guilt, redemption, and moral ethics – all the elements an Irish Catholic writer longs to explore. McDonagh, who won an Oscar for his 2004 short Six Shooter, received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
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