Independent revenge thriller to hit theaters
and V.O.D. April 25, 2014.
Upon hearing of the early prison release of his parents’ murderer, Dwight, a mysterious vagrant living out of his car, returns to his hometown to exact brutal revenge. Clumsy and inept with matters of violence, Dwight ends up starting a turf war with a backwoods family and enlists the help of an old high school buddy to arm up and protect what’s left of his estranged family.
We first saw “Blue Ruin” – a film we call “deliciously dark” – in October of 2013 at the Chicago International Film Festival, where we gave it a well-earned spot in our Best of the Fest summary.
“Blue Ruin” is an uncommon take on the revenge thriller that finds itself more interested in the aftermath of the act of revenge than the journey to fulfill it. The allure of this dark, minimalist gem is something that’s all too rare in independent cinema today – a strong point-of-view character. Dwight looks, we look, we want to look.
Check out our full review with a special transcript of the festival Q&A with director Jeremy Saulnier.