Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival where it screened in the Directors’ Fortnight. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose 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.

From the look of the trailer it just sort of appears to be a pretty standard revenge flick. But I sense something more. I sense some real psychological thrills and tension. I think this movie has a lot more going for it than meets the eye. A little bit of Frozen River, a little bit of Match Point and a little bit of Death Sentence. Maybe even some Prisoners. I don’t know; I think this trailer, despite its sort of standard film, has me really intrigued about what else might be going on in here. Does this feel like something you’re interested in?

Blue Ruin is written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack and Eve Plumb. Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think.


  1. I wish I fit this into my schedule at TIFF

  2. Saw this as my final film at MSPIFF last night. I liked it quite a bit. Though honestly I think it could’ve been enhanced by a better mood. Tired from a long week of work/school/fest/cinecast and couldn’t get into it quite as much as I wanted to.

    But there is some great storytelling in here. I love that the revenge pretty much comes right away and the rest of the movie is about consequence and spiraling down a rabbit hole. Great performance by the main guy (Macon Blair).

    If this can get somewhat of a wider release, at least in the arthouses, people will flock from the word of mouth. It’s pretty violent and psychologically intense.

    • Also of note is once again another unexpected fun performance from Devin “Buzz from Home Alone” Ratray

      • Ha yeah! I was like, hey it’s the guy from Nebraska that made me laugh. He’s pretty awesome. I hope to see him in more stuff.

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