Title – Blue Ruin (2013)
Director – Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party)
Cast – Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack
Plot – Dwight (Blair) is a man quite visibly disturbed by a past event in his life, sending him to a life living in his car, scrounging for food and stealing clothes to survive. When Dwight hears news of something from his old life it sends him out on a path of revenge that is anything but straightforward.
“I’d forgive you if you were crazy but you’re not crazy, you’re weak”
Review by Eddie on 27/10/2014
One of the coldest and most distance inducing films you’re likely to watch in quite some time, Jeremy Saulnier’s low budget and dour effort Blue Ruin is a film that can be appreciated for craft overcoming budget constraints but goodwill towards its effort can’t help it get over the hurdle in what is a very arduous journey and one that is not all that original.
In speaking about Blue Ruin it must first be noted that the story behind the film is a lot more interesting that what happens in it. Saulnier gathered crowd funding through the Kickstarter program which allowed him to have sufficient finance to make this movie which was obviously a passion for him. It’s an interesting time in the movie making business and an exciting one where passionate directors and storytellers can garner help from film lovers and film backers the world over and get enough support to make ideas into reality. Blue Ruin is a testament to this process and its production is of a high standard and acting often very strong but the films story on camera is nowhere near as interesting as it was behind it.
As mentioned previously the tale of Blue Ruin invokes feelings of distance and coldness that cannot be overcome. Our protagonist here is Dwight (who it must be said is very well acted by Macon Blair), a man at first unkempt and feeding himself with food from trash cans, it’s an imposing sight and a intriguing one but as the film enters more typical revenge like fair the film loses steam fast, right through to a completely unsatisfying conclusion. Saulnier’s tale is deliberately light on hard facts or back story but with that comes a sense of a missed opportunity to really make us feel connected to Dwight. As a character that barely speaks and appears in nigh on every scene of the film it’s not good enough to have us invested in such an un-relatable figure.
Blue Ruin is an at times quite horrifying picture with some extremely brutal acts of violence punctuating a film that otherwise lacks energy and often heart. Blue Ruin has succeeded in showcasing the virtues of a new tool available to filmmakers in the form of Kickstarter yet also showcases that the most important thing at a filmmakers disposal is not only a believable story but a story inhabited by characters we can care for and root for no matter how dark a journey they may be about to undertake.
2 gun loving friends out of 5