I’ve always found revenge films fascinating. In recent years, Steven Monroe’s I Spit on Your Grave and Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil pushed the envelope and took revenge horror to the next level. In a similar vein, but played out much differently is Jeremy Saulnier’s new film, Blue Ruin.
Dwight (Macon Blair) is living out of his car and dumpster diving, when he is informed that his parents’ murderer has been released from prison. He returns home to take vengeance on the man who took his parents away from him and in turn, starts a war between the two families.
I love the casting choices for this film. Macon Blair plays the role of Dwight perfectly. He isn’t a former assassin or some crazy CIA operative; He is just an ordinary man who has put himself in an extraordinary situation and must find his way out of it to the best of his abilities. He makes mistakes along the way and pays for each and every one, but he still manages to do what he thinks is right the entire time.
While not being too over-the-top, Blue Ruin is surprisingly gory. Gunshots to the face and stabs to the temple are all explicitly in your face and I loved every second of it. Nothing is held back. The effects all look amazing and Jeremy Saulnier knew just where to draw the line to keep his story flowing properly.
The films I mentioned above are some of my favorites to date, but Blue Ruin has now earned itself a spot at the top of that list. More of a thriller than a straight horror film, per say, it will still satisfy even the most jaded genre fans out there.
I give this film 3.5 arrows to the leg out of 5 and highly recommend buying yourself a copy on DVD or Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment on July 22.