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Blue Ruin 2014

  • Jeremy Saulnier
  • April 25, 2014
  • 90 mins
  • English
  • Thriller, Crime
Revenge comes home
The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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