Blue Ruin ****

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“Blue Ruin” is an aboslutely riveting and edge of your seat crime thriller. It is the result of crowd funding which gave the film a micro budget to work with and I believe that is one of it’s strengths. The director, Jeremy Saulnier, who also wrote the screenplay, uses performances and true suspense to amp up razor sharp tension. There are no cheap thrills or goofy violence on display here.

The story involves a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Dwight, played by Macon Blair, is the outsider we meet at the beginning. He has been living homless for years. When he learns of the early release of Wade Cleland, who murdered his parents, he decides to exact revenge.

Dwight finds himself thrust in to some violent situations where he surprises us and himself with what he is capable of. Each confrontation is simply a suspenseful game of cat and mouse resulting in sudden moments of shocking violence. There is not a whole lot of dialogue because there is not much more to be said. These characters are trying to get closure for past events.

The film was made by director Jeremy Saulnier, who got this made from the new trend of crowd funding. His budget is minimal which forces him to shoot everything practically. There is no flashy action or CGI which is actually a blessing. Everything depends on character, mood and atmosphere. Saulnier has hit it out of the park with his first film and I will be looking forward to what he does next.

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