Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013)

May 2, 2014


Blue Ruin’s opening introduces us to the largely mute, feral-bearded vagrant Dwight (Macon Blair) living out a life of scrounging for discarded food and sleeping in an abandoned car. One morning, he is told by a police officer that a particular seemingly important person has been released from prison. Within the film’s first twenty minutes, we are treated to both this basic introduction and a tense, brutal burst of inelegant vengeance against the newly released man. Reserving the back-story for later, Blue Ruin’s devious, shocking first act is a masterful example of economic visual storytelling. What follows, in which the target’s family attempt to return the favour, rarely comes close to reaching the same heights…

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