Director Jeremy Saulnier's vision of a man seeking and exacting revenge for the murder of his parents comes to life in "Blue Ruin." While earlier efforts from the director/cinematographer have been seen with a lot of criticism, his newest work is being seen with almost entirely praise. It's very justified praise as well.
You won't find any Hollywood stars but that doesn't mean you won't find amazing performances. Matter-of-fact, the two major shining stars in this film are it's performances and fantastic cinematography. Macon Blair carries the film in the lead role. His attention to detail in the performance is stunning. Jeremy Saulnier also proves his direction of actors. While "Blue Ruin" is no masterpiece, it is a great film.
Many of the problems come from the lack of clarity in character motivation and the overall scenario. These can be easily brushed off and ignored for the full effect of the film. It has a lot of weight and substance hidden in, what seems like, mindless violence.