Blue Ruin starts with a shot of three remote controls on a coffee table. This really stood out for me because three remote controls feels genuine, people have multiple remotes and most set dressers would probably only use one. It's something that carries on throughout the film, everything feels genuine and the story unfolds in a completely realistic way.
There's a scene not long into the film which would be the climax of another revenge thriller. Most of what happens in Blue Ruin is dealing with the consequences of those actions, something I often think about when credits are rolling. Pitched as No Country For Old Men but where the protagonist is a total idiot seems a little unfair, he's just a normal guy dealing with the unexpected events as they escalate out of control. Dark but frequently funny (although I appeared to be the only person laughing out loud in the cinema), full of beautiful imagery and packing more into it's 90 minutes than films twice the length. One of my films of the year.
May 20, 2014 at 10:00PM