Judging from its preview trailer, ‘In Bruges’ seems to be a black comedy cashing in on the tone and wit of successful British crime/action films like ‘Snatch’ with too much comedic emphasis on accent humor. How sweet it is to be wrong. Despite the casting of Colin Farrell and half of the cast of ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ ‘In Bruges’ succeeds in forging ahead in its own direction.
Colin Farrell plays Ray, a hit-man who botches his first job and hides out with his partner Ken (the talented Brendan Gleeson, known for portraying Mad-Eye Moody in the Harry Potter films) in the medieval city of Bruges, Belgium. Ray’s boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), tells them to lie low in Bruges until the heat dies down. The somber, experienced Ken has no problem enjoying the culture of Bruges but Ray cannot sit with the guilt of the job gone wrong and tries to enjoy himself in the vacation fairytale town. Unfortunately, Ray is an Irishman with a temper and riles the local population. His raucous charm does not go unnoticed by Chloe (the beautiful Cl