Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin

(2013)

Offering a subversive take on the traditional revenge tale, a  beach bum drifter finds himself in over his head when he tries to avenge the death of his parents in this 1970s-style thriller. FIPRESCI Prize winner for director Jeremy Saulnier at Cannes 2013.... More

Dwight (Macon Blair) leads a bleak life, sifting through dumpsters for food and sleeping in his run-down car, but when he receives news that a hometown felon has been released from prison, Dwight heads back there with murder on his mind. As he attempts to settle a score from his past, Dwight finds himself locked in a brutal, violent struggle with a close-knit, gun-wielding clan as he tries to protect what remains of his own family.Hide

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Why can’t New Zealand make movies like this? It’s easy to imagine intimate revenge tale Blue Ruin set on the East Cape as we follow a mentally-scarred drifter on a long-awaited eye-for-an-eye payback through a semi-rural setting. Macon Blair brings to life the desperation of a man with little left to lose, over his head in violent work he’s not really cut out for. His general uselessness and mumbly delivery lead to tension-relieving chuckles around a dramatic narrative that may not defy convention, but plays out in satisfying, bloody fashion.


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96% of critics recommend.
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  • A brutal stripped back thriller that suggests more great things to come from Jeremy Saulnier. Full Review

  • It's a taut, unflinching first act ... But as the bodies pile up and the plot circles in on itself, that beautifully constructed web of suspense begins to unravel. Full Review

  • A cunning, suspenseful thriller... an impossible-to-ignore calling card from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier. Hollywood awaits. Full Review

  • A lean, tough, thoughtful thriller with depth... establishes Jeremy Saulnier as a promising indie auteur and Macon Blair as an unusual leading man. Full Review

  • A lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion. Full Review

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