The indie thriller Blue Ruin is one of your best bets for spring moviegoing. This is a lean, compact, and really effective revenge tale about a guy who takes extreme measures in an ill-considered effort to protect and avenge his family. It’s a dark, violent movie with flashes of macabre, gruesome humor, and a nicely-pitched lead performance from Macon Blair. Jeremy Saulnier‘s revenge tale just doesn’t mess around, and should captivate anyone who wants to spend an hour and a half in some pretty dark (yet still entertaining) places. Check out a great new trailer below.
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There are some great small thrillers coming your way soon. The excellent Cheap Thrills is on VOD now, for example, and will be in theaters later this month. Following that is Blue Ruin, a movie that did the festival circuit last year and has earned a reputation as a lean and very compact thriller.
I really enjoyed Blue Ruin; it doesn’t mess around, and doesn’t indulge in anything for the sake of impressing the audience. It sets up the story of a young man (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to deliver a violent blast of vengeance against the man who hurt his family. But writer/director Jeremy Saulnier isn’t interested in making a typical bloody revenge thriller; there’s a much more grounded and effective tone to Blue Ruin.
Check out a new Blue Ruin trailer below; this ad from the UK is as compact as the movie it represents. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we reconnect with our family, eat some wings, question reality, sleep with our wife’s sister and take some bloody revenge.
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