Blue Ruin

2014

Blue Ruin

Critics Consensus

Smart, stripped-down, and thrillingly grim, Blue Ruin proves that a well-told revenge story can still leave its audience on the edge of their seat.

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BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors' Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. (c) Radius-TWC

Cast

Devin Ratray
as Ben Gaffney
Eve Plumb
as Kris Cleland
Brent Werzner
as Carl Cleland
Kevin Kolack
as Teddy Cleland
Stacy Rock
as Hope Cleland
Sidne Anderson
as Officer Eddy
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Critic Reviews for Blue Ruin

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (136) | Rotten (6)

  • The world doesn't need another empty genre exercise. But as Blue Ruin reminds us, it can always use more filmmakers of Saulnier's resourcefulness, sensitivity and quiet assurance.

    January 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With the same brand of realist irony the Coens used to cool down Blood Simple, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier slows the genre's heartbeat to gripping effect.

    January 5, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Blue Ruin starts promisingly with a hairy hobo living in a blue, rusty, bullet-holed Pontiac on a Delaware beach.

    January 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Saulnier is also a cinematographer, and he's in complete control of the film's conflation of human-scale horror and tragicomedy.

    May 8, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Blair, an unheralded actor, carries the whole picture. He's in practically every scene, and his performance is fascinating because in his eyes you can see the character struggling desperately with himself.

    May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Saulnier makes impressive use of silence and slow camera movements, allowing the suspense to simmer until violence seems practically inevitable.

    May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blue Ruin

  • May 06, 2020
    There is something incredibly realistic about this film's portrayal of revenge that makes it all feel authentic because it is such a small-scale production. There is a depressingly quiet tone to the entire film that makes it feel like I am watching a tragedy unfold in front of me. The visuals are gorgeous with a naturally dark haze to everything, like what I am seeing is something that was meant to stay hidden in the shadows. This is the kind of film that registers as a whisper in an often loud genre of thrillers and I love every second of it.
    Gregorio R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2017
    Blue Ruin is one of the rawest and most emotionally attached thrillers I've seen in recent years. The story is an intense affair, dealing with a dissacoiated hero with his heart and mind set on avenging the death of his parents. The performances are extremely capable and dedicated from the outset and the casting is fantastic. The stripped back, indie feel to Blue Ruin is bolstered by the film's intricate and "barely there" score, a cast of mostly unrecogniseables and a washed out, pale pallet in the majority of it's mise-en-scene. Definitely worth a watch.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2015
    A human element really entices this thriller that should be described as "way more than a revenge film"
    John K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2015
    Blue Ruin is a thoroughly entertaining revenge story. This is definitely worth seeing, but just be ready for a film drenched in blood.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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