Blue Ruin Review – A stunning, tense experience

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Without a doubt if it weren’t for a Discord group I’m in I’d have missed out on so many important and brilliant movies. Blue Ruin is one of many that I would never have heard of if it weren’t for this band of cinema hoarders. If it weren’t for that band of merry idiots then I would never have had the chance to experience this near-masterpiece. 

What I had expected from Blue Ruin is very different to what I’d received. Instead of the touching drama I was expecting, I was given a hyperviolent thriller, closely akin to that of You Were Never Really Here; but the key with Blue Ruin is that it’s absolutely incredible. Closely tying the constraints of auteur, independent cinema making into its narrative, which is paced perfectly and has a withstanding impact throughout the film.  

Jeremy Saulnier may be a name you recognise from projects like Green Room or the recent Hold the Dark. I’ve not seen either of those, and I suppose introducing myself to his work through Blue Ruin was the best way to go about his filmography. Filled with detail and nice camerawork, Saulnier has the potential to become a favourite of mine, so long as he can keep producing work of this high standard. The age old revenge tale is revitalised and changed periodically throughout cinema, but it’s Saulnier’s Blue Ruin that truly manages to do anything unique with it. 

But all of this works even more than it should, unsurprisingly because of the stunning lead role of Macon Blair. His performance as Dwight Evans, a homeless man out for revenge, is a memorable leading role and probably the best work he’ll ever deliver in a long while. Full of motif, anger and frustration that an audience can easily latch onto, Evans brings together a brilliant story and suspenseful direction the whole way through a tight running time. 

I’d not expected much from Blue Ruin, but its such an immensely brilliant movie. Reinventing a stale plot objective and crashing it head first into some amazing direction is one hell of a way of creating an absolutely superb movie. A must watch for fans of the thriller genre, with Saulnier’s direction working hand in hand with an amazing performance from Blair. 


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Blue Ruin
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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