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Blue Ruin

Directed by Jeremy Saulnier

Philadelphia Film Festival

United States, 2013

Jeremy Saulnier’s sophomore work is an impressive display of slow burn revenge.

Dwight (Macon Blair) is an unassuming vagrant who receives startling news: the man who murdered his parents has been released from prison early. Dwight goes on an improbable quest for revenge, throwing his quiet existence into violent disorder.

Blue Ruin features some clever writing in reworking structural genre tropes.  Another revenge film would set its sights on a target and go full Death Wish until a bloody denouement.  Instead, Blue Ruin snuffs out its major target in the first act, throwing things for a structural loop and forcing Dwight into increasingly dangerous and unpredictable situations.

Macon Blair plays Dwight as monotone and soft.  He starts with a ragged beard and the moment when it’s shaved off, revealing Dwight as a baby-faced ‘anyman,’ who seems more »

- Neal Dhand

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