By Leah Rozen Melody S. Wells Jennifer Garcia
February 18, 2008 12:00 PM

Colin Farrell Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes R |


After a killing goes wrong in London, two Irish hit men are ordered to lie low in Bruges, a scenic Belgian city. The older (Gleeson) of the two enjoys the enforced downtime, happily playing tourist, while the younger (Farrell) chafes at being stuck in Hicksville. In Bruges, an impressive first feature from raffish Irish playwright-turned-writer-director Martin McDonagh (whose 2004 debut short, Six Shooter, won an Oscar), wants to show that hit men have feelings too. By turns mordantly funny, woozily surrealistic (a dwarf figures into the plot), bloody and even touching, the drama lets Farrell show again that he has range and skills Hollywood hasn’t begun to tap. Meanwhile, Gleeson reminds us that the best acting always looks like no acting at all.