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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:
Devin Ratray, Macon Blair
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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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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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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This American Indie release is a cleverly-conceived revenge thriller, offering all that you might expect from the genre, but delivering so much more.

It opens with the hapless Dwight, living in a dilapidated car, foraging in bins for scraps. He is a loner, bearded and shabby, avoiding contact with the outside world. Something has happened to bring him down, and we soon find out what that was. His parents had been killed some years earlier, and their killer is about to be released from jail. This galvanises Dwight into action. He gets the car going, shaves off his beard and unkempt locks, and heads for home, the unnamed town of his past. He has transformed from the scruffy tramp into a normal-looking man. The type you might see working in your local electrical shop, or trying to sell you insurance. He is an everyman figure, and you cannot help but be on his side, as he begins a difficult journey.

This is where the film builds its strengths. This could well have starred a craggy Bruce Willis, or slick-looking Mel Gibson. He would have a story seen in flashback, and be square-jawed, well-honed, driving along familiar sets, on the streets of Los Angeles, or Chicago. Blue Ruin eschews these classic stereotypes, offering instead a cast of unfamiliar faces, (to me, anyway) in unknown locations, looking like real people, minus the buff bodied stars, artificially whitened teeth, and world-weary smarts that have become so ubiquitous, to be almost a requirement. In Dwight, we have a scared man, determined to exact his own style of revenge. He knows nothing about violence, has never handled a gun, and only his will drives him on.

There is no love interest. Why would there be? The man has been living rough since abandoning his life years before.
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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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