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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.

Starring:
Amy Hargreaves, Devin Ratray
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Amy Hargreaves, Devin Ratray, Macon Blair
Director Jeremy Saulnier
Genres Thriller
Studio 4DVD
Rental release 8 September 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Amy Hargreaves, Devin Ratray, Macon Blair
Director Jeremy Saulnier
Genres Thriller
Studio 4DVD
Rental release 8 September 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 22 May 2014
Format: DVD
In a stunning, practically wordless, opening thirty minutes, we watch Dwight (Macon Blair) living out of his car, scrabbling through bins and washing in strangers' bathrooms. Like Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, here's a perfect example of how to engage the audience's attention from the word go; we needn't be slapped round the chops, just intrigued. Writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier uses the visual medium to encourage us to ask challenging questions: Who is this wretched guy and what happened to him? Who is he watching as they're released from prison? And why is he buying a gun?

The power of the film, particularly its early scenes, lies in knowing nothing. So I won't run through the plot, except to say this is a dark, violent, black-comic revenge thriller, set in an overcast Virginia, whose comparisons to the work of the Coen brothers - particularly Blood Simple and Fargo - are entirely justified. There's also much in common with No Country for Old Men, in terms of Saulnier's attention to detail maximising the tension during some extended, dialogue-free setpieces.

And this is a film all about tension - not just in the scenes where Dwight is hunting his prey, but also in his character: he exists, almost zombified, in the borderland between sanity and insanity. Resourceful, ambivalent, and often decent (after a shootout at his sister's house he returns the next day to cover a broken window), Dwight is no dribbling mad monster. That would be too easy a caricature. Instead, we're watching the creation of a killer, from impossible grief to automation. The "blue ruin" of the title ostensibly refers to Dwight's rusty blue Pontiac, although it could also refer to the corrosive nature of his unkempt depressive state.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bloodclay on 1 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
With so many huge blockbuster movies already being released in preparation for summer, we often forget about some of the more tense and enthralling stories that are being released on a smaller scale. In this new age where technology is everywhere we turn and movies are at our disposal at all times, most companies have wised up and begun releasing films through platforms like Itunes, Vudu, and Video On Demand. One of the most recent flicks that caught my eye, already picking up steam at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is the riveting new revenge-thriller `Blue Ruin'.

Starring newcomer Macon Blair, it follows a mysterious beach bum who's quiet life is quickly turned upside down by dreadful news. Setting off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance, we see his emotional transformation as he winds up in a ruthless fight to protect his estranged family.

Trust me, as vague as that plot description was, it's the way you should enter the film. With surprises and shocking moments at every corner, you will certainly be glad that it wasn't spoiled. Spellbinding from beginning to end, `Ruin' is unlike any other film you will see all year, and it may be the best. Blair delivers an astounding performance, inhabiting the character at all times, and never letting up for a second.

Do yourself a favor and check this film out, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a revenge driven movie.
'Dwight Evans'(Macon Blair) is a drifter scraping a living anyway he can, his home, a
'seen-better-days car, he'd left his family behind some while back.
When seeing that the man who he believed killed his parents was about to be released from
jail, he heads back to Virginia where he had spent his childhood, he has no real plan, but
his intention is revenge upon 'Wade Cleland' which after a brief struggle he achieves.
In truth, 'Dwight' is an amateur when it comes to being an Assassin, he's not thought beyond
that moment of revenge, 'Wade' has a family which includes brothers 'Teddy' and 'Carl' not
to mention other family members, all equally determined to avenge 'Wades' death.
'Dwight' has become the hunted, his estranged family also in danger, after an encounter with
the 'Cleland's' he realizes that he needs help.
'Dwight' seeks out an old school-friend for help, 'Ben' proves to be the friend he needed.
'Dwight's' only plan of course is to get the 'Cleland's' before they get him or, and his family.
There certainly are one or two sequences that'l make you cringe some.
It's an engaging film that should hold your attention throughout.
Good Picture and Sound Quality.
Features -
* Behind the scenes featurette.
* Deleted Scenes
* Camera Test Film
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on 12 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
Dwight's (Macon Blair) reclusive. His hair is wild, his beard is long, he looks as cool as a 60s hippy. He's running away from the past and living it rough, eating out of garbage bins, sleeping in a rusty-old car, bathing in the homes of people who are absent, stealing to exist. When a kindly policewoman (Sidné Anderson) advises him that a double-murderer is being let out of prison early, Dwight is clearly disturbed. So disturbed he cuts of all his hair, shaves off his beard, changes his clothes, and looks like a dork. He heads back to where his family live but on the way takes ill-conceived revenge against the killer, starting up a whole lot more trouble in the process.

Blue Ruin (2013) is very different to any other revenge movie I ever recall seeing. Someone compared it to No Country for Old Men (2007) but it's hardly that, not by any stretch of the imagination. All the same, many of the scenes are violent, gruesome, and grisly. Macon Blair plays the role of hapless Dwight (who seems to have great powers of recuperation) to perfection as he bungles his way along on his mission impossible but gets by with a little help from a friend--super cool Ben (Devin Ratray). Another title for the movie could be 'Mr Bean Takes Revenge' as I could not help but laugh at some of the events and the dark humour must certainly have been intentional in this unusual revenge thriller with a most unusual avenger. In fact, it's one of the best movies I have seen for quite a long time.

Another thing that is different about this movie is that it is low on detail from the start but feeds the information along the way. We do get to know who is who and what had happened, eventually.

VJ - Movies and Books World
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