After the murder of his parents, Dwight lives the life of a drifter, cutting himself off entirely from modern society. When the man responsible for this act is freed from prison, Dwight returns back to his home to enact vengeance. Blue Ruin is a unique and fascinating entry in the revenge sub-genre, that uses an atypical protagonist to comment on the violence breeds more violence notion. The first thing that jumped out at me about Blue Ruin is how minimalistic it is in approach. That isn't to say there isn't a lot going on but Blue Ruin relies heavily on the silence and atmosphere to build tension. This is an extremely intense film from start to finish, with a great mix of intensity and quiet moments that give the film a nice rhythm. The film creates a compelling character whose hit rock-bottom, capturing the unbearable suffering and tortured soul Dwight has become. Typically in these vengeance films the lead is a glorified badass but Dwight couldn't be farther from this. He is a man of little skill or knowledge, relying on his sadness to fuel his vengeance. By the end, Blue Ruin is a commentary on the circular notion of violence and revenge but how it gets there is the real treat.
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