Blue Ruin


Blue like revenge.

The color blue has many connotations. According to some sources it represents loyalty, freedom, and sincerity. The use of this color throughout the film is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also applies to the themes of the film itself.

The plot of Blue Ruin is pretty straightforward, but not without a few twists. The simplicity of the story is shattered by moments of visceral violence.

Blue Ruin illustrates the old adage that violence begets violence. An eye for an eye, and the whole world goes blind. Dwight (Macon Blair) believed that killing Wade (Sandy Barnett) would put everything to right, that the pain of losing his parents would be erased by the blood of their killer. But, as righteous as revenge may be, it only leads to more bloodshed.

The cinematography here is excellent, as is the use of the color blue as stated above. Jeremy Saulnier does an excellent job of creating atmosphere and tension. Several sequences in the film were stressful to watch, leaving the viewer waiting for the anticipated violence to occur.

My only complaint is that Blue Ruin is plodding at times. The pace slows noticeably when Dwight infiltrates and fortifies the Cleland household. Overall, though, this is an excellent film with multiple layers and meaningful themes. It is beautifully violent and painfully poignant.

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