Blue Ruin 9/10
Blue Ruin is a story of revenge gone out of control. Jeremy Saulnier’s 2014 movie starring Macon Blair as Dwight is a distressing and tense thriller stripped of big budget ‘grit’. What we get instead is a visually stunning and realistic environment in which we can’t help but share the emotion of the films anti-hero.
The first half an hour of the film we sympathise with a homeless Dwight who at this point remains voiceless. We find him scavenging for food in dumpsters, collecting bottles and sleeping in his ‘blue ruin’ a beaten up rusty blue Pontiac. Without vocalisation Blair was able to carry the character. We felt the emptiness and isolation that Dwight had been living with. It’s not until that Dwight is awoken by a police officer who, after taking him down to the station, informs him of his parent’s murderers release do hear him utter his first words. At this point we begin to truly understand the root of Dwight despair.
After failed attempts at purchasing and stealing a firearm, Dwight returns to his home town. He pursues Wade upon his release to a bar. It’s here where the two meet face to face and we see the anger that Dwight had been bottling up.
Without giving too much away, what entails is one of the clumsiest revenges and gripping eye-for-an-eye movies I have seen that touches on issues with the justice system and American gun laws
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If you enjoyed the tension of Blue Ruin I recommend the recent film by Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Its a gripping psychological thriller set in the same universe as the original Cloverfield minus the handheld style and narrative previously used by JJ Abrams.