by Grant Cronin
Some films are made because they needed to be made. Some films stay with you for weeks, for months and some don’t leave you. This, falls into all of the above.
Blue Ruin (2013), an American thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier is a tale of a shadowy loner’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his hometown to carry out an act of vengeance. Smart, lean, and electrifyingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.
Saulnier’s resourcefulness, sensitivity and quiet assurance takes the audience on a strange, gothic ride through Southern crime and retribution. In the ninety-minute runtime not a single moment is wasted.
Macon Blair as Dwight delivers a brilliant performance which is needed to carry this tale of a desperate man on the trail of revenge. This performance is particular highlighted in the opening twenty minutes where barely a couple of lines of dialogue are uttered; yet you find yourself locked in for the entirety.
Bursts of violence shatter the blue collar setting in a slow, quiet and visceral character study that will certainly leave you breathless. Saulnier, and indeed Macon Blair, have a bright future.
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