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Blue Ruin 2014 R CC

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, 30 minutes

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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, Sandy Barnett, Brooke Bennett, Gina Byrne, Ellen Danaher, Elizabeth Fredericks, George Fredericks, Abigail Horton, Shelley Illmensee, Bonnie Johnson, Daniel L. Kelly, Katie Kramer
Studio Radius
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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"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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This is a straightforward and emotionally engaging story about violence and vengeance, and beneath the cityscapes and semi-automatic rifles it has the timelessness of myth. It manages to create sympathy for a troubled, asocial protagonist in Dwight Evans, a young man whose life went off the rails following the murder of his parents. His aimless existence as a homeless man scavenging his meals from dumpsters comes to a sudden end when he learns that the man who killed his mother and father is going to be released.

Even with the wild hair and grizzled beard that actor Macon Blair cultivated for his role as Evans, there is a gentle innocence and sensitivity evident in his boyish features and huge eyes. There is pain there, too, and behind that, the rage and suffering that is burning him up from the inside. Evans goes about his bloody mission with a fearless incompetence, and is completely unprepared when his actions ignite a feud that threatens to destroy not just him, but his sister and two nieces as well. Dwight hasn't spoken with his sister in years, and his haphazard plans for revenge fail to account for the Old Testament cycle of endless reprisals he might trigger; killing a member of this outlaw clan puts a target on his sister's back, and Evans is now in a war he has little chance of winning.

'Blue Ruin' has an archetypal story at its core, but the narrative moves with a realistic, idiosyncratic pace. The dialogue has an authentic feel, and so does the violence. People die in the shocking, graceless, sometimes anticlimactic way they do in the real world, and it's often a dumb mistake that divides the living and the dead.
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