Blue Ruin (2014)
Critic 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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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.
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.
Saulnier is also a cinematographer, and he's in complete control of the film's conflation of human-scale horror and tragicomedy.
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.
Saulnier makes impressive use of silence and slow camera movements, allowing the suspense to simmer until violence seems practically inevitable.
Audience Reviews for Blue Ruin
A visceral revenge story whose nerve-wracking tension is combined so well with a dark sense of humor as it follows the inept (and sometimes hilarious) efforts of its amateur protagonist, moving in a deliberate, slow-burning pace towards a lacerating conclusion.
There's nothing better than a revenge fantasy film. Tarantino is possibly the most famous, recent, purveyor of this genre with his revival of grindhouse and exploitation films, but "Blue Ruin" is its own strange, gothic ride through Southern crime. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/new-blog-1/2015/3/26/blue-ruin
Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier understands the viewer should sympathize with the "hero" in order for us to be invested in his plight. You can appreciate Dwight's emotionally damaged vagabond. I'm not so sure we should be rooting for him, but we do. He has suffered deeply. Now he is tormented by deep sorrow and so he has our sympathy. Yet his quest is made more captivating in the way it's told, giving the audience pieces to make us root for the protagonist without really knowing everything. Even by the end, we never really know the complete story, just enough to understand what's happening in the moment. Bursts of violence are used. Blue Ruin occasionally falls victim to excess. More restraint in the bloodshed department would've been appreciated. An extended scene where Macon digs an arrow out of his leg is gratuitous in its desire to shock. Storytelling is a craft. Blue Ruin does indeed have an artistic way of telling an uncomplicated tale. It doesn't revolutionize the genre. It's a simple saga, artfully told. fastfilmreviews.com
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