Dark and freaky, this brutal, low-key revenge thriller throws a bunch of relatively simple people into a moral quagmire, and drags us in as well. It's a remarkably effective exploration of how deep emotions can lead people into the most hopeless situations imaginable. And it features terrific acting from a largely unknown cast, as well as remarkably sure-handed work from filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier.
The title refers to the bullet-riddled rusty blue Pontiac Dwight (Macon Blair) has been living in since his parents were murdered. So when he hears that the killer Wade has been released from prison, he stalks him waiting for a chance to pounce. But killing a man is harder than he thought, and he doesn't feel much better afterwards. Also, Wade's family never calls the cops, so Dwight knows they're coming for him now. He runs to his sister (Amy Hargreaves) and warns her. And as things get increasingly messy, he turns to his gun-loving friend Ben (Devin Ratray) for help.
With his scraggly beard and exhausted eyes, Blair gives the film a terrific sense of inevitability: Dwight doesn't want to do any of this, but feels that he has to. As he begins to pull himself together, the sense of purpose seems to wake him up. And watching this adds currents of unexpected emotion in every scene, especially as the script reveals the original events that sparked all of this bitterness. It also makes what happens almost unbearably tense, especially since writer-director Saulnier depicts the violence as desperate and realistic.
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Dwight is vulnerable and homeless, living in his car by the beach and foraging for food in any and every available trash can. One day, he is picked up by the police who are looking for him to let him know that his parents' murderer has finally been released from jail. Already permanently traumatised by the deaths, the news strikes fear within him, but this time instead of running away he is determined to gain closure by exacting his revenge. He smartens himself up and moves back home where he purchases a firearm, despite having never held a gun in his life. He decides to take some target practice at a local rifle range and even manages to connect with his estranged partner before he embarks on a determined mission to kill the man responsible for ruining his life.
This hard-hitting thriller is a darkly comical story of revenge. It has been written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier ('Murder Party'), who raised funds for the movie's release through a successful Kickstarter campaign. He managed to raise a massive $38,000 for the film's completion after an original $35,000 desired pledge. 'Blue Ruin' will soon be released in movie theatres on May 2nd 2014.
Dwight is a lonely and traumatised recluse who is living in his car when he is picked up by police. After being taken to the station, he is gently informed that a double murderer who apparently killed two people close to Dwight is going to be released due to a court plea deal. In a bid to exact revenge, Dwight goes back to his childhood home to track down the killer who changed his life by making sure he suffers the same fate as his lost loved ones. On the way, he finds himself in fighting to protect his estranged family who he has not seen in years, but proves to be less than able at murder himself.
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Brandon (Fassbender) is a successful New Yorker who's happier to see a series of random women than to settle down into a relationship. Although he doesn't stop there, indulging also in porn and prostitutes. So when his wayward sister Sissy (Mulligan) shows up needing a place to stay, it kind of puts a crimp in his style. Especially when she hooks up with his married boss (Dale). Soon he begins to doubt himself, feeling a surge of guilt and shame over his private demons. But getting rid of his urges is another matter.
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