BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story that recently won the FIPRESCI Prize in the parallel section "Directors' Fortnight" in Cannes. The film follows a mysterious outsider whose 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.
Jeremy Saulnier’s second feature, after his striking debut with MURDER PARTY in 2007, is no stylish revenge flick. It’s a struggling journey of one estranged and unlikely individual, getting himself involved in an unpredictable storm of violence. It moves as an intimate character study with flashes of an action flick. It is as if a character was plucked out of a Hal Ashby film and thrown into a crossfire of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and TAXI DRIVER. In the end, BLUE RUIN is an amalgam of genres that is deeply rooted in Americana that is very straightforward, yet visually arresting and universally compelling.