Blue Ruin

(USA, 2013, 90 mins, DCP)
CAST Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack


Critics have been pulling out comparisons to the Coen brothers and Park Chan-wook for this lean, mean revenge thriller, a scintillating debut by writer-director Jeremy Saulnier (it’s currently 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). Living a seemingly pointless existence, Dwight suddenly snaps into action when he learns of the imminent release of state prisoner, Will Cleland. With a score to settle he returns to his home town, swapping the big blue for bloodshed.

Delighting lovers of genre film and American Indie, Blue Ruin’s filmmaking is clean and efficient but the killing isn’t. Thrilling, devastating and even humiliating at times, Dwight’s plight manages to hit the sweet spot between idiot and amateur, predator and prey..

About the Director

Virginia native Jeremy Saulnier studied filmmaking at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He directed and photographed the award-winning short Crabwalk and the cult horror comedy Murder Party. His cinematography credits include Michael Tully’s Septien and Matthew Porterfield’s Hamilton, Putty Hill, and I Used to Be Darker, which screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Blue Ruin, Saulnier’s second feature film, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize in the Directors’ Fortnight

"Easily the most suspenseful American film of the year, a thriller that feels like lightning across a quiet night sky; sudden, terrifying, and excitingly singular." Gabe Toro, The Playlist

"Intelligent and thrilling. Recalls the dark wit of the Coens." 4 stars Total Film

"A feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga." David Ehrlich,