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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 18

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the eighteenth day is:

A movie that you wish more people would’ve seen

There are a bunch of films I’ve already mentioned so far in this project that I would have liked more people to have seen. If Sunshine had been a success then maybe more directors would be trying their hand at the sort of sci-fi I love (as well as maybe convinced Danny Boyle to stick with the genre), and the same for The Fountain (though I think Darren Aronofsky will continue making his kind of films regardless of success). Even Blade Runner wasn’t much of a commercial or critical success initially and seemingly chased Ridley Scott out of science fiction for about thirty years (until the upcoming Alien prequel). Then there’s Serenity, which had it been a major success would have at least given us a few Firefly movies, if not led to a full-on revival of the series.

With all of those films having already been covered on the blog though I’ll choose something else for this entry:

In Bruges

In Bruges

(Click the image for a link to the source)

In Bruges completely passed me by when it released and it was only in The Guardian’s end of year highlights that I was even aware of it and decided to give it a look. I’m glad I did because it really is a great film.

The film is about two hitmen, played by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, sent to the Belgian town of Bruges to hide out after a hit goes wrong while their boss, played by Ralph Fiennes, tries to sort things out. Gleeson’s character, Ken, is somewhat weary of his life of killing and relishes the chance to relax, while Farrell’s Ray feels like he’s trapped in the middle of nowhere.

It’s a funny film but it’s also not without its more touching and sad moments (and of course the hitman element does play a part even if it’s not an action film), with fantastic performances from all involved (especially Gleeson, who I’m a huge fan of), which makes it a shame that more people weren’t talking about it and that it’s kind of gone unnoticed by the world at large. Go watch it!

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