Jeremy Saulnier’s lo-fi, violent indie revenge drama has won plaudits from critics and festival audiences. It is screened intermittently this week.
Auteur Jeremy Saulnier has created something special with Blue Ruin, a film that has had critics hailing the writer, director and cinematographer as a bright new talent.
It is, to all intents and purposes, a revenge movie. But, as Susan Wloszczyna writes on the Roger Ebert website, “There is no righteous Liam Neeson-like avenger with nimble weaponry skills and cool fighting prowess to root for in Blue Ruin.”
Instead, the protagonist is a down and out drifter named Dwight, played with haunted melancholy by the director’s friend Macon Blair. Living out of a rusty blue Pontiac, which gives the film its title, Dwight is out to avenge the murder of his parents. But his actions bring with them dreadful consequences that lead to an escalation of violence and menace.
Saulnier won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes this year for his taught nail-biter of a thriller, which is also a commentary on violence and the ease with which Americans can have access to firearms.
It leaves a lasting impression.
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