I didn't know exactly what to expect from this film. I saw some good reviews around here and it awaked curiosity in me.
This is a film about revenge. We discover that very soon, right at the beginning of the film but in a way that we think we can predict everything that is going to happen next but it's not like that. That's great because some moments turn out to be a surprise.
Blue Ruin has a very dark atmosphere, a beautiful cinematography with the perfect pace to create the tension and the suspense needed throughout the film. Not much is delivered to us so we need to find the pieces of the puzzle and putting them together until the final revelation.
I never saw the lead actor before, Macon Blair, I just know that his performance is something amazing! He really can be very disturbing, we feel his anguish and pain just by his look. He can mess with the audience emotions.
Overall, not perfect but very effective for what it wants to create. It's a good Indie thriller with an excellent lead performance that will touch your emotions. Congratulations to Jeremy Saulnier for his directional debut and writting of this film.
A quick, 90-minute meditation on the pointlessness of vengeance. Surprisingly well-acted, surprisingly tense, and surprisingly adept at making us feel for the characters.
As much as I liked how bloody it was and how ruthless it was overall and the premise of finding out the motivations of the events and whats happened before the beginning of the movie (Even though it's been done before), BUT (without spoilers) there is a very convenient event that happens in the movie that happened to save an important characters life that just seem contrived and non sensical. If this were not an indie movie, I would be criticising for the exact same thing, so why should I give it extra credit?
It's enjoyable and I really liked the beginning, however it falls apart in the 2nd half.
A man seeks vengeance for the murder of his parents, but proves to be a poor assassin.
I like what Saulnier has done here, it’s a no bullshit suspenseful thriller but he gives it his own spin by making the protagonist a shivering wreck, yet a wreck on the war path. This is no Jef Costello, Dwight (it’s even a shaky name) can’t fire a gun, go un-noticed or even keep someone in the boot of a car.
However, he pursues his aim of killing a whole family to protect his own, as and a result winds up being both the predator and the prey. Blue Ruin is simply 90 minutes of well-shot, well-thought-out tension. It’s relentless; I actually breathed a sigh of relief when the credits rolled.
A great thriller I wish I’d caught sooner.