A reluctant, blundering vigilante hobo with tunnel vision; driven by fear and with a score to settle… that’s Blue Ruin.
It’s a gripping thriller and real edge of the seat, heart in the mouth stuff, but that’s as much to do with Dwight (the film’s main character) and his own ineptitude when it comes to the killer crunch, as it is to do with the relentless, ‘eye for an eye’ premise of the plot.
A trained assassin Dwight is not.
Jeremy Saulnier’s direction is superb, so much so that Dwight’s fears are genuinely palpable and consequently they very much become our fears too.
What would we do if plunged into this very same, no-win scenario? Would we flee and hide or face up to things with a steely determination to seek vengeance, all the while scared out of our tiny minds?
There’s really no option in Dwight’s mind and certainly no going back, as an increasingly messy trail of carnage is left in his wake.
Blue Ruin is fairly Tarantino-esque in some ways; wickedly dark, sometimes brutal, but with the tongue always firmly in cheek.
It’s a bloody mess, but it’s bloody good!