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Blue Ruin (15)

Blue Ruin (15)


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.

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The critical consensus

Blue Ruin is a simple story well told; it marks promising work from both Saulnier and Blair, and delivers on its promises of a tightly-wound descent into hell. Dwight’s journey is an unpredictably painful one, and Blue Ruin makes the audience feel every painful step along the way.

****(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 21/04/2014

A lean, tough, thoughtful thriller with depth, Blue Ruin establishes Jeremy Saulnier as a promising indie auteur and Macon Blair as an unusual leading man.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 28/04/2014

A cunning, suspenseful thriller that bears comparison to the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple, Blue Ruin is an impossible-to-ignore calling card from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier. Hollywood awaits.

****(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 28/04/2014

Blue Ruin is the kind of debut that comes along once in a blue moon. It’s a smart, sophisticated meditation on payback that never falls for the old saw that revenge is sweet; instead, it seems to say, it’s just addictive.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 27/04/2014

Every single element from the sound design to the cinematography plays a part in building tension and keeping us rooting for an ordinary, fallible man in his pursuit of justice.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/05/2014

A very bloody film noir, directed with tremendous ingenuity by Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin benefits from its pared-down style and macabre humour.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 02/05/2014

The endgame is disappointingly predictable, but writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier has a lovely touch with faces, light and telling details.

****(*)Leslie Felperin, The Guardian, 01/05/2014

It all adds up to a gripping, gruelling, thought-provoking work; lean, mean and bad to the bone.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 04/05/2014

Macon Blair’s eyes burn through an unconvincing plot.

***(*)(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 01/05/2014

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Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Sunday June 15, 2014, until Wednesday June 18, 2014. More info:

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