Blue Ruin

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So this blog is primarily about movies coming out in 2016 and to a lesser extent those in 2015 that I never got to. Once in awhile, I will see a movie from years back for the first time and feel it’s worth putting up here. One such case is 2013’s Blue Ruin.

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room is probably in my Top 3 so far this year and after posting about it, two different friends vehemently recommended I see his prior feature Blue Ruin, so I gave it a shot. In its simplest terms, Blue Ruin is a gritty, intense, and concise revenge thriller set in the rural mid-Atlantic (look closely and you’ll recognize Rehobeth Beach in one or two scenes). The most interesting thing about it, and what drives most of the film’s events, is the fact that the protagonist seeking revenge is not your standard movie tough guy. Rather, he is a less than average Joe who is in WAY over his head. Picture 2004’s Man on Fire, only replace Denzel Washington with someone like Toby Flenderson from The Office. Similar to Green Room, this movie is “dark as a mug,” so it might not be for everyone, but I really dug it.  Tier 3

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