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1,547 Ratings

Blue Ruin

Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
United States, 2013


When a reclusive vagrant returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of revenge, he finds himself in a desperate fight to protect his estranged family, which leads him to discover unsettling truths about their traumatic past.

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Blue Ruin Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
For all the expert build-and-release of tension and Blair’s heartbreaking performance… as the film goes on there is also a feeling that ultimately it can’t have it both ways, that we can’t be both inside and outside Dwight’s fateful mission. Saulnier, impressively, has evidently thought this out, for the final confrontation brings in another set of family photographs, jolting us (and Dwight) into recognition of just how far he’s strayed from the hearth and home that shaped him.
May 05, 2014
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With this arty, low-budget thriller, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier creates a pungent aesthetic from disparate elements of the American past; the story evokes the Hatfield-McCoy feud, the small-town settings look as if they were built in the mid-20th century, and the grim tone and regional flavor recall certain exploitation films of the 1970s. Saulnier makes impressive use of silence and slow camera movements, allowing the suspense to simmer until violence seems practically inevitable.
April 30, 2014
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Brilliantly shot and staged by director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier (who also wrote the script), the film locates the sweet spot between poised art cinema and exploitation-flick pandering and hits it over and over again; what keeps Blue Ruin from simply being a bludgeoning experience is Saulnier’s cleverness in knowing precisely how and when to throw his haymakers.
April 25, 2014
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