May 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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BLUE RUIN (2013)
Remember Charles Bronson's Paul Kersey in "Death Wish"? How about Uma Thurman's Bride in "Kill Bill"? Or Oh-Dae Su in "Oldboy"? These victims of unspeakable crimes are extraordinarily skilled at exacting devastating, surgical revenge.
In "Blue Ruin," Jeremy Saulnier gives us a tense, thrilling American revenge flick with a protagonist driven by the familiar desperate desire for vengence, but lacking the traditional personality traits and skill sets.
"A stripped-down tale of revenge with bloodied hands and a blackened heart, this viscerally intelligent thriller takes a new stab at an old genre with refreshingly distressing results.
The first movement of writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier's low-budget gem is a masterclass in visual exposition, with economic action and precisely choreographed expression explaining a complex back-story more eloquently than dialogue ever could.
We open on an image of disturbed domesticity, the camera crawling through a family home toward a bathroom in which a ginger-bearded man is startled from the tranquillity of the tub by noises outside. The panic on his face suggests fear of a break-in, but Dwight's hasty exit through a window reveals that he is the interloper, the intruder, the stranger in the house."
Read the rest of the film review in The Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/may/04/blue-ruin-review-lean-mean-revenge-thriller
Incidentally, "Blue Ruin" treats "Brady Bunch" fans to a pleasant (well, sort of) surprise.
Watch the trailer here: