DVD Review: Blue Ruin
Blue Ruin is going to be a hard film to talk about without going into the plot, so some spoilers may abound. You have been warned. Essentially Blue Ruin is a revenge film, where one man goes on a quiet rampage against a group of people he thinks is responsible for the murder of his parents, a crime that tore his life apart and relegated him to a life living out of his car, homeless and long, foraging through trashcans for dinner.
Dwight is a broken man, and as we learn later in the film, he wasn’t much of a strong man to begin with. But this in itself is refreshing. We have no Brian Mills wanna be going on a rampage, rather we have an inept man, who can’t even steal a gun, and who almost accidentally manages to kill the man of his focus in a restroom.
But this sets of a chain of events that Dwight is not prepared for.
Revenge is a dish that keeps on demanding, and so now Dwight and his estranged wife (and children) are targets for the family of the man whom Dwight just played out his vengeance on.
It’s a slow burn of a film, in which Dwight stumbles, trips, falls and even falls asleep in his quest for revenge, and then his desperate fight for survival and the safety of his family. But it does a great job of slowly drawing you in, and once the restroom scene comes to fruition, you’ll be in the edge of your seat, never quite knowing which way the film is going to go.
It does pull a few punches as the plot shifts and things are revealed, but it never gives up on it’s initial assessment that Dwight was not the man for the job. Blue Ruin also has some interesting things to say about revenge, and where it ultimately leads.
Blue Rain is a quite, but brutally violent film that will stay in your subconscious for some time after you’ve finished watching it.
Rating: R18 Graphic violence and offensive language.