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Blue Ruin

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Blue Ruin

Jeremy Saulnier (2013)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Jeremy Saulnier's first film, the comedy horror Murder Party, may have been an inauspicious debut but his sophomore effort, an unusually minimalist revenge thriller, is pure gold. Bearded vagrant Dwight (Macon Blair) - living hand to mouth and camped out in a battered blue car by the sea - is shaken from his torpor by the release of the man responsible for killing his parents, and sets off to take action. However, this unassuming amateur's vengeance against the killer and his backwoods clan is no bullet-laden, testosterone-filled extravaganza. It's a slow-burner with deep emotion at its heart. Blair gives a mesmerising performance as an ordinary man who's visibly damaged by the atrocity that's torn him and his estranged family apart. Dialogue is spare, as is violence that's sudden, shocking and usually inefficiently executed, as Dwight's search for answers and justice proceeds by luck more than reason. Devin Ratray also leavens the gloom as the childhood friend who helps Dwight out in the weaponry department. Understated, atmospheric and compelling, Blue Ruin has an art house indie aesthetic reminiscent of the Coen brothers' debut Blood Simple, and that's high praise, indeed.


Homeless drifter Dwight hears that the man who murdered his parents has been released from jail and decides to track down and kill him, but ends up being hunted himself by the killer's family. Thriller, starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray and Eve Plumb.

Cast & Crew

Dwight Macon Blair
Ben Gaffney Devin Ratray
Sam Amy Hargreaves
Teddy Cleland Kevin Kolack
William David Thompson (2)
Carl Cleland Brent Werzner
Hope Cleland Stacy Rock
Officer Eddy Sidné Anderson
Kris Cleland Eve Plumb
Director Jeremy Saulnier
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Picturehouse Guidance: Violence, swearing Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 May 2014


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