Blue Ruin 2014 R CC

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(155) IMDb 7.1/10
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Watch Now While It's in Theaters. A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns home seeking vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Starring:
Macon Blair, Devin Ratray
Runtime:
1 hour 31 minutes

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Blue Ruin

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Jeremy Saulnier
Starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray
Supporting actors Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Werzner, Stacy Rock, Sidné Anderson, Bonnie Johnson, Daniel L. Kelly, Ydaiber Orozco, Erica Genereux Smith
Studio Radius
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

There is a surprise in this movie which makes you go..........wow!
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The film is beautifully shot, and well paced, with the tension building throughout.
N. JENNINGS
This is a tremendous film, very suspenseful, and well acted from beginning to end.
David R. Roche

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on April 26, 2014
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In Delaware, a mysterious man, Dwight, leads an itinerant lifestyle. He sleeps in a car near the beach. He slips into empty homes during the day to bathe. He searches the garbage for food. When he learns a prisoner in Virginia will be freed in the near future, however, he becomes a man of purpose, a man of action. He begins to drive. He tries to steal a handgun. The specific nature of the situation, what is driving our introverted hero toward an act of brutal vengeance, soon comes into focus in Blue Ruin, a dynamite, tightly wound independent suspense film. Emphasis on "suspense" because this is truly a film charged with anxiety, despair, and menace. Every scene pulsates with uncertainty and the threat of violence, intensified by the fact Dwight is both driven and out of his depth, so we are never sure how he will respond or even whether he will survive. And the impact is considerable when violence does erupt. Macon Blair is a quietly engaging lead (his screen presence reminds me of a narcotized, traumatized Zach Galifianakis), and the film tells its grind-house-indebted story of contemporary outlaws and sadistic revenge with a surprising amount of formal elegance and restraint. A gem.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 5, 2014
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"Blue Ruin", directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is a low-budget, award-winning thriller that develops Hatfield-McCoy related themes of revenge and violence. Elliptical and spare, the film builds its tension throughout. The film features Saulnier's lifelong friend from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Macon Blair, as the leading character, Dwight, who speaks relatively little during the film. Blair captures his character with gestures, movement, dress, and his hauntingly expressive eyes.

When the film opens, Dwight is homeless and leads the life of a beach bum while sleeping in his beat-up blue Bonneville. His life receives a bizarre form of purpose when he learns that the killer of his parents has been released from jail. Dwight's life suddenly becomes meaningful as he sets off to find and exact revenge on the killer. He has an intensity of purpose but little aptitude. He manages to kill his nemesis with a knife early in the film and then plunges into a feud to the death with the family of his victim, the Clelands. Dwight changes from a dirty, disheveled, bearded beach bum, to a clean-shaven, modestly dressed, and softly well-spoken would-be killer. The film includes a great deal of raw, painful violence, including a scene in which Dwight is struck by a cross-bow. Far from a polished killer, Dwight muddles through with many mistakes and errors in judgment.

The film builds up a great deal of sympathy for Dwight and his quest while showing the futility and horror of revenge. His character, and his ineptitude for his chosen task, are developed throughout with emphasis on scenes between Dwight and his sister Kris and between Dwight and his loyal friend Ben who tries to teach Dwight to kill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 5, 2014
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Dwight is a loner and, to anyone who would perceive him, he is also a loser. Living in a wreck of a car and breaking into holidaymakers homes for a wash; he dines out of trash cans. Then the local police bring him news that shakes him from his cathartis. He has been so badly wronged in the past that his life derailed. The author of his downfall has now been released early from prison. He makes a decision to seek vengeance.

This means going back to the familial home he has abandoned. Once there he sets in motion a chain of events that will build up its own momentum, essentially driven by vengeance, family loyalty and pure emotion.

Dwight is played by Macon Blair, who has not had too many good roles until now. He excels as the frightened, yet driven man, who is essentially a good person, who has been forced into the role of vigilante avenger. He is able to convey so much tormented emotion in his facial expressions and the use of his eyes that his performance on its own would make this a 5 star film. All of the supporting actors are also excellent, but his performance just dwarfs all around him.

This is edge of seat stuff, with proper violence - though far from gratuitous, it is the messy sort, the way it happens in real life and not stylised and glammed up for the movies. It has a brooding quality that makes the whole thing have a kind of effervescence that just grabs you by the hand and takes you along for the ride - and that means the whole journey. I was blown away by this, small budget, film. This is a master class in how to make a thriller. I can not recommend highly enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Todd on May 1, 2014
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Well cast, plot that kept me guessing...I really enjoyed this film. Highly recommend it if you are looking for something outside the typical Hollywood spectrum.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John J. Cassidy on May 11, 2014
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Sometimes i see a movie so bad I have to write a review to get the bad taste out of my mouth. Wolf of Wall Street, and Gravity are two recent ones that I had to cleanse myself of.

Other times I watch a movie so good I cannot relax until I can post something about how good it is.

Blue Ruin is in the latter.

It would be easy to compare this to a Coen Brothers Movie, but I think it should stand on it's own.

For starters the Director Jeremy Saulnier is also the Writer and Cameraman, how he pulled that off and got the result he did is nothing short of amazing.

Dwight is a guy who apparently lives on the beach and eats out of dumpsters and seems to be happy doing it, he gets some news and suddenly his world turns upside down.

It will take a while before you understand exactly is what Dwight is obsessed with, but during that time you will see a pretty good movie.

Dwight tracks down some people and hides himself in a bathroom stall, he is apparently horrified about his situation and covers his mouth to control his gasping for air. Dwight is meek, until it is time to use the knife, and then he is no longer meek.

Without revealing too much to whoever is reading this, I will tell you that everything that happens after this builds slowly and expertly to a great crescendo which eventually will let you understand everything.

All of the performances are five star acts, Macon Blair is one hell of an actor to pull the job he had portraying Dwight, Devin Ratray follows up his fantastic performance in Nebraska with another rock solid show here.

Devin is fast becoming in my opinion the finest supporting actor out there and I can see a John Goodman like career for him.
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