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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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Triage Nurse
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Pawn Shop Clerk
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Metal Detector Couple
George Fredericks ...
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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Film Critic Chase Whale named it the best film of 2014. See more »

Goofs

When the main character returns some empty cans for money we see several cans returned. While the deposit ticket (briefly) only states 20 cents and wouldn't be enough for most purchases, let alone the map he buys, he simply had other loose change he had scavenged. 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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Zipperbag/Stims
Written by David Gilbert and William Lacey
Performed by Hochstedder
Courtesy of Needleteeth Records
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It would be a sin to tell you much about it - ingeniously unpredictable
10 November 2013 | by (Wallis and Futuna) – See all my reviews

A low-budget independent film that is nevertheless handsomely and confidently shot, Blue Ruin is a consistently unpredictable, twisty, and excellent thriller. At no point will you be quite sure where the film will take you, or what direction it will go next, up until maybe around the final scene.

Indeed, the film is so unpredictable, it would be a sin to tell you much about it.

But-- "Dwight is a vagrant, scavenging for food in dumpsters and sleeping by the beach in a broken-down car. His aimless existence is interrupted, however, when he receives notice that a man from his past is being released from prison." That's an abridged version of the PFF summary, and about all you need to know. I would recommend reading nothing else about the story of this film. Take the risk and dive in blind.

I was shocked how good Saulnier, a director I've never heard of until now, was good at generating suspense.

It was accepted into the Director's Fortnight at Cannes.


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