Blue Ruin (2013)

blieDirector: Jeremy Saulnier

Writer: Jeremy Saulnier (Screenplay)

Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W Thompson


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Tension Filled Thriller


Story: Blue Ruin starts as we see homeless outside Dwight (Blair) doing all he can to get by breaking into houses for baths and searching bins for food while sleeping in his abandoned car. Dwight’s life is turned upside down when he learns about Wade Cleland release from prison, the man who killed his parents.

Dwight turns everything he has into a method of transport in his car to travel to get vengeance on Wade for what he did, leaving him dead in a bar bathroom.

When the murder isn’t reported on any news outlets Dwight must get his sister Sam’s (Hargreaves) family to safety as he waits for the Cleland family to come for their own form of justice against him. Dwight must use all his connection to stop the people who are after him and it isn’t long before we learn that Dwight is just as deadly as the men after him.


Thoughts on Blue Ruin


StoryThe story of vengeance shines through here where we get such a simplistic tale of one man’s quest to kill the man responsible for killing his parents. Each scene is filled with tension as we must see the whole story coming from the expression and action of Dwight. The story shows that you can have a simple revenge story that draws you in from start to finish.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime in this film is the path that Dwight leaves for in his vengeance mission and this helps the thrilling side of the story which is just full blown tension filled throughout.

Characters/PerformancesDwight is the strongest written character here and we see him in every single scene as he tells the story with next to no words. The rest of the cast only have a couple of scenes which doesn’t give us enough time to see these characters develop.

SettingsEach setting shows the bleaker side of America as we see the darker side to the country even if none of the locations can be clashed as memorable but they all look amazing.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most intense crime thrillers that is carried by one of the best performances of the year of release.


Overall: Brilliantly tense thriller that is a must for the fans of the genre.




2017 Watched List – Part 6

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is

1.    Resident Evil: Extinction

2.     From Dusk till Dawn

3.     Lion

4.     Vertigo

5.     Rear Window

6.     Kite

7.     Go With Me

8.     Eloise

9.     The Wailing

10. The ReZort

Favourite Film
The Wailingwailing

2016 was a fantastic year for horror and this one could easily break into any top 3 list because once you start seeing the unknown it just doesn’t stop twisting in ways you simply couldn’t guess it could go.

Worst Film

It was boring, confusing and felt just like a rip off of many over films.

Favourite Character
Jong-Gu – The Wailingwailing

Jong-Gu is the police officers that must look into the mysterious deaths in his village and as everything unfolds he must decide whether he wants to investigate the story through logical ideas or supernatural once his own daughter becomes infected with what has been affecting the village. This character isn’t the strongest but he feels like a real man having to struggle with everything that has been happening.

Worst Character
Lieutenant Karl Aker – Kitesam

This film sucked on so many levels but having Samuel L Jackson giving one of his worst performances of his career that was nearly impossible to watch.

Star Performance
James Stewart – Vertigo and Rear Windowstew

This is easily the star performance as it shows two of his best performance of his career that can’t be overlooked by anyone who enjoys classic films.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.