BLUE RUIN (2013)

  • 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:

Incidentally, "Blue Ruin" treats "Brady Bunch" fans to a pleasant (well, sort of) surprise.

Watch the trailer here:

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  • Donna


    1 · May 16

  • Joyce C.

    This was movie is a pleasant surprise because it is not like many other "revenge" movies. I expected the protagonist to spend most of the film just trying to track down his "target". Wayne, thanks for screening such intriguing movies and always being such a cool guy. You are greatly appreciated!

    3 · May 14

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