Film Review- Blue Ruin (2013)

I believe that just a few weeks ago I had been hearing the buzz surrounding some awesome new film to hit the Netflix inventory. It’s entitled Blue Ruin. Indeed, it is an awesome movie about the sudden happenings in a man’s life after finding out that the supposed killer of his parents is now released from prison. I had never seen a film from director Jeremy Saulnier before, but this one took me by surprise. From beginning to end, following the life of the protagonist, Dwight, was a whirlwind of events.

Blue Ruin official movie poster
Blue Ruin official movie poster

Macon Blair plays Dwight in the film, and upon watching the movie, it feels as though Blair was made for this role. His poise, his face, and his ability to show just the right amount of despair mixed with ambition. After all, ambition is what drives a human to the unthinkable. I’d never seen a film that included Blair, but his face is so familiar, or perhaps his character was so charismatic and hard built that it almost makes us feel like we know someone so raw. This works for me. I was able to further enjoy this film with the relativity shared. Dwight is a seemingly homeless man hanging onto life by the finger, and with only an estranged sister to confide in, if ever. He’s helpless and barely making money. His life surely gets shaken to a beating when he begins to take actions into his own hands.

Macon Blair as Dwight in a conflicted scene of the movie
Macon Blair as Dwight in a conflicted scene of the movie

Blue Ruin debuted at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section, winning the FIPRESCI Prize. This movie made me feel like I was watching a gritty revenge flick, but with so much more meaning and raw tones. The movie is literally its own; a low budget film that dodged the bullets of terrible taste, and succeeded in subtle brutality. No unnecessary elements were needed in this independent revenge thriller. It’s one of those films that are presented so carefully and requires the patience to really lose yourself in it. It was personal. It was crucial, and it was one of the best films I’ve seen this summer. I suppose all we want to know is if the film is worth a watch, especially if you have Netflix. Your answer is hell yes.  


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