While the movies that get the most push are those featuring A-list actors there are those subtle under the radar movies that come along that pack the most punch. The revenge thriller Blue Ruin is one of those films getting a lot of great buzz, but doe it live up to the hype or is it one tale of vengeance that didn’t need to be told?
Blue Ruin follows 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. This is one of those films that allow everything to build really slowly so not only to keep it from feeling rushed, but to allow the viewer to really understand the characters life and motivation. The first half of the film showcases very little dialogue as lead actor Macon Blair goes through his daily routine leading up to the news that changes everything. At first it is a bit hard to follow in regards to his motivations, but as the film moves forward you quickly realize this is by design and it helps to evolve the character throughout the story. It’s always cool when something as simple as a car can become such a major part to a character on a personal level and here his blue rusted out car does just that. The story is so simple that it shouldn’t be as powerful as it is, but the simplistic nature and some interesting twists and turns throughout really make it a powerful character driven film. While this isn’t an action film it does feature some shootings and kills with each being really graphic helping the feel of the vengeance come out more powerfully.
This is the perfect example of less is more and intelligent use of letting the characters tell the story and not try to force feed the audience. Macon Blair has been in a few things already, but this is a breakout role for him allowing him to showcase his real talent and the physical transformation he makes in the film is excellent. This is a violent, intelligent, addition to the revenge genre that is powerful and worth checking out.