A 2008 drama by Martin McDonagh In Bruges might not become your favorite film of all times, but will definitely make you think over your life once again. This film got its IMDB rating of 8 out of 10 for an outstanding performance of actors and, also, for a dynamic story unfolding in a quiet, even boring, European town.
A viewer catches up with two professional killers Ray (Colin Farrel) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) when they are sent by their boss Harry (Ralph Finnes) to the small town of Bruges to lay low for a while. Soon both hit men learn that their main job is here in Bruges.
The movie traditionally features a love story, conflict of generations, some humor and much more, contrasting with the heavy and depressive atmosphere of Bruges. The director’s idea, brilliantly fulfilled in the operators’ work, shows the whole story in gray color. The dark surroundings are a perfect place to think about life and death, crime and punishment – classic philosophical motives that become a red line in the film. Rays’ evolution from a person ready to commit a suicide to the man who is clinging for life, teaches you that everyone deserves a second chance.
Nevertheless, the main idea, hidden between the decorations and dialogs, is very simple but yet still relevant for everyone – there are no bad or good people; everyone has something good and bad in themselves. Thus, wise, kind and selfless Ken is still a killer; bad and somewhat mad Harry is a family guy and a man of his word. The gray is not only in buildings and other decorations; people themselves are gray, having their own positives and negatives. This made me think about my life, every single thing I’ve done, some of them were good, some were bad and those things define me as a person. That is why there are different colors in me and no matter how I will mix them they will still make gray at the end.
The story leaves you uncertain about Rays’ destiny. His future is in your hands; actually your own future is too. There is always a place for a change and you are the one to decide whether you should give yourself a second chance or not. Definitely, worth watching!