Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

In Bruges

I can't recall where I read a review of this movie, but something in the review made me put it on my list. Colin Farrell and Brendon Gleeson are Irish hit-men who are sent to Bruges, Belgium to lay low for awhile. Farrell had been ordered to kill a priest and had inadvertantly killed a child with the same shot. Gleeson is pleased with the city of Bruges and enjoys seeing the sites, architecture, art, etc. Farrell is not, has no love of culture, but meets a woman working on a film crew and feels much better. Then their boss, Ralph Finnes, calls Gleeson and orders him to kill Farrell. The movie plays out in a tragic fashion after Gleeson tells Farrell to get on a train, go somewhere, and start a new life. Fiennes plays a loving family man who is heartless and ruthless in his chosen profession. The city of Bruges must be a spectacular place, or maybe we are just shown the highlights, churches, canals, public squares. I wouldn't recommend this film for everyone, but for those who can live with tragedy I found the story riveting and the acting excellent. Brendon Gleeson is a large man, reminds me of Rob Coltrane, but he acted his part with grace and style. I'd like to see him in something else. Will take a look at imdb right now.


Blogger Bill Crider said...

I liked this one quite a bit. Judy liked it, too, though not as much as I did.

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