Title: Blue Ruin (2013)
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray and Amy Hargreaves
Dir: Jeremy Saulnier
Basic Synopsis (from IMDb): A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
My Mini Review:
This film is proof that crowd-funding has become a viable way to get the cash you need to get your film made. Financed through Kickstarter, this film went on to debut at Cannes in 2013. Only being the second feature from Saulnier, (who not only directed, but also wrote and shot the film himself), he manages to rope the audience in early and drag them along for the ride. Well-written and engaging, this little thriller keeps it very simple, with just a handful of characters and little dialogue it managed to hold my attention until the end as the tension was just taut enough to blend with the quietness of the film.
Cinematically, it was well shot. Many moments of tension are solely focused on the eyes of the protagonist, in which Blair is quite adept at communicating through his facial and eye expressions. The acting was great all around, the direction was strong, and I thought it was well edited to make (as I said) the tension fuse effortlessly with the quietness of the film. The music used also fit very well. Overall a great little surprise of the film. If you’re into thrillers, be sure to check this out.
Overall Rating: 4/5