The ‘thrillingly grim’ Blue Ruin at FACT now!
A dazzlingly original film which balances grubby realism with thrills and a midnight-black humour that would make the Coen Brothers proud.
2 May 2014
Dwight Evans, a homeless ‘drop-out’ learns that the man who was convicted of killing his parents has been released from prison and pledges to even the score. Director, Jeremy Saulnier, avoids the pitfalls and clichés of ‘revenge’ movies ensuring that ‘Dwight gets into more trouble and feel more agonised with every act of vengeance or self-defence’.
As the film open’s he seems to be a recluse, living in his parents old car and surviving on scavenged food, but under the surface Dwight is ‘a man who has nothing to lose, and who’s spent years thinking about the everything he has lost, turning it over and over in his head, until only one solution seems sensible: Make them pay.’
In only his second feature film, after 2007’s Murder Party, Jeremy Saulnier’s filmmaking and cinematography has been widely praised with one critic writing ‘Blair is excellent in the lead, but the filmmaking is the true star here.’
The film grew from Saulnier’s childhood with Macon Davies, the films leading man. In an interview with Den of Geek he describes his 20 year quest to get Macon in front of the camera and document his ‘beach bum’ lifestyle. The story deals with ‘the stuff that ends up on the cutting room floor in most action movies. The minutiae, the inconvenience and the blowback of things that usually have no consequence in the cinematic realm.’
Tickets for Blue Ruin are now available from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.