"The visual language that is used throughout the film strikes the right tones where it needs to and it does it with excellence"

Blue Ruin has already racked up an impressive amount of reviews filled with praise before its home release. With lots of industry buzz since its Cannes Film Festival debut in 2013, it seems Blue Ruin definitely lived up to the hype.

Funded by a Kickstarter project, Blue Ruin is the definition of a low budget indie film but without the overbearing pretentious overtones that can cloud even the most well-meaning indie flick. Starring Macon Blair as Dwight, a homeless drifter who lives in his car and seems to be happiest when he’s alone. When Dwight finds out that the man convicted for doing his family a grievous wrong is about to be released from his lengthy prison sentence, it sends him into a spiral of revenge and anger. Blue Ruin isn’t justice porn, it isn’t a blood thirsty revenge flick, it presents the brutal banality of human tragedy to you with without hesitation or fear.

Blair as Dwight makes a fantastic anti-hero, while you may not fully understand his motives, his raw emotion and human frailty makes him a likable character from the start. The writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier uses the complex backstory as the stage rather than bogging it down with lengthy dialogues.

The visual language that is used throughout the film strikes the right tones where it needs to and it does it with excellence. When Dwight jumps out of bathtub as the family of the house he’s squatting comes home, it’s done with precision and humour. When Dwight greets old high school friend (Devin Ratray) and discovers he’s a metal loving gun nut, it’s treated with reverence and respect. When Dwight thinks about hunting and killing the man who destroyed his childhood, the scene reflects the panicked, blood curdling nature of that decision.

Blue Ruin seems to draw influence from a number of films, Fargo, Death Wish, Straw Dogs to name a few but with the emergence of compelling television drama it seems that comparing Blue Ruin to the rawness of True Detective or the brutality of Breaking Bad would be more apt. Blue Ruin may be trying to tell us something through its understated nature but at the heart of it is something potent that I know many filmgoers may not be able to shake off. A must watch.