Sunday, July 20, 2014

REVIEW: Blue Ruin (Anchor Bay Blu-ray) - Family First

Blue Ruin is a powerhouse flick that will hold you firm to your seat as if you just ate a pile of fish tacos in the middle of the desert during a ten day long power outage in middle of a heatwave. I have thought about it often since my first watch and am glad to report that it is available on Blu-ray July 22nd. That means if you haven't seen it you absolutely must enjoy the supreme tension, the evolution of character and of thickening plot and the feeling of dread that only a guy down on his luck can feel when he's about to lose his only feeling of hope in the world. This isn't a feel good movie. This isn't the fun filled bloodbath that you might expect if you enjoyed Jeremy Saulnier's Murder Party (which I loved thanks to Shawn Savage's recommendation). You have to prepare yourself to feel pretty shitty at times and in the end, I can't say you'll feel warm and fuzzy.

Synopsis from Anchor Bay:

BLUE RUIN is a classic American revenge story, following a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home, determined to carry out an act of vengeance. His inexperience as an assassin lands him in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family

Macon Blair steals the show with an exquisite performance the creates emotional turmoil and complexity. Now Blair was also in Murder Party which is a completely different movie and I have got to say that Macon is versatile. He can play it all, and he will make you believe it. He breaks your heart just after he wins it and let's you understand that even the best of possible fated outcomes can be your worst nightmare. I am a fan of Blair. Remember Jeremy Gardner's performance in The Battery? I would compare Blair's performance to that in terms of complexity. We'll be seeing that movie hit Blu-ray soon from Scream Factory, and you'll be able to judge for yourself.

This is a violent flick with some great kills and great suspense. Like I said in my opening, you won't want to leave your seat. You may also consider a tissue box and a bucket to throw up in while you wait out the results of a unique hunt and battle for family, self respect and for a strange kind of justice.

Extras including a commentary track with Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair as well as deleted scenes and a making of special. This is a nice package for a soon to be fan favorite release. 

This is not a horror film. Blue Ruin is a great piece of suspense cinema that has gutwrenching implications. Get ready for amateur revenge on a professional scale.

You can order Blue Ruin now from Amazon. Available July 22nd.

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