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Blue Ruin (2013)

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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.

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Ben Gaffney
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Sam
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Teddy Cleland
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Kris Cleland (Sister)
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William
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Carl Cleland
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Hope Cleland (Cousin)
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Officer Eddy
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Wade Cleland, Jr.
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Smoking Girl
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Pawn Shop Clerk
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Metal Detector Couple
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Metal Detector Couple
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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.

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Revenge comes home

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language | See all certifications »

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9 July 2014 (France)  »

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Untitled Revenge Project  »

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$1,066,167 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$32,608 (USA) (25 April 2014)

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$258,113 (USA) (20 June 2014)
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Ben Gaffney (Devin Ratray) is based on a real high school friend of director Jeremy Saulnier. Saulnier contacted the real Ben while he was writing the script to get an accurate representation of Ben's moral views, and gun collection. See more »

Goofs

When Dwight stops at the diner to inspect the parked cars, he tests the handle of the Chevrolet truck. The door is supposed to be locked, he goes on to bust the window out. However, when he tests the handle, the door opens a little bit, thus revealing that it wasn't locked in the first place. See more »

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[first lines]
Officer Eddy: [wakes Dwight by knocking softly on his car door] Get ready. I'd like you to come into the station.
Dwight: I... Is it about the house. 'Cuz I could...
Officer Eddy: Dwight, sweetheart, I'll explain. Okay? Just come with me.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Green Room (2016) See more »

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Written and performed by She Keeps Bees
Licensed courtesy of Domino Publishing Company Ltd.
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Excellent Indie slow burner
25 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Apart from a few forgivable imperfections (remember, this is a debut film, after all), Blue Ruin is an excellent Indie drama/thriller.

I disagree with the previous reviewer who referred to this as a movie with multiple and constant plot twists - what you get in Blue Ruin aren't actually plot twists, instead they are merely plot developments presented in a story that is told in a fashion that is not strictly linear.

This is a well shot (some creative use of visual techniques and shot selections in this film), well written, engaging film that draws you in and keeps you watching right to the very end, despite the fact that it deliberately takes in time in various places.

I couldn't help but think of Take Shelter when I watched this film - both movies have a similar stylistic sensibility, where things are not overplayed, and the lead protagonist has an eccentricity and vulnerability about them that you just can't look away from.

A great film, well worthy of the 90 minutes it takes to get through, and a clear sign that this filmmaker has a very successful future ahead of him.


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