A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Dwight Evans' lives his life as a beach vagrant. He has no contact with his sister, and his parents were murdered ten years prior. When he gets word that his parents' killer, Wade Cleland, is set to be released from prison, Dwight decides that he has nothing left to lose and sets out on a quest to avenge his parents' deaths. Dwight succeeds in killing Wade, but complications emerge when his botched getaway allows the Cleland family the opportunity to vow revenge.Written by
One of the establishing shots of an oceanside boardwalk was filmed in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It depicts Dolley's iconic and instantly recognizable lighted sign, Dolley's is known locally for their saltwater Taffy and long history on the Rehoboth boardwalk. Dwight is initially living in his car inside Cape Henlopen State Park outside of Lewes, Delaware, a few miles from Rehoboth Beach. See more »
When Dwight stops at the diner to inspect the parked cars, he tests the handle of the Chevrolet truck. The door is supposed to be locked, he goes on to bust the window out. However, when he tests the handle, the door opens a little bit, thus revealing that it wasn't locked in the first place. See more »
[wakes Dwight by knocking softly on his car door]
Get ready. I'd like you to come into the station.
I... Is it about the house. 'Cuz I could...
Dwight, sweetheart, I'll explain. Okay? Just come with me.
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Apart from a few forgivable imperfections (remember, this is a debut film, after all), Blue Ruin is an excellent Indie drama/thriller.
I disagree with the previous reviewer who referred to this as a movie with multiple and constant plot twists - what you get in Blue Ruin aren't actually plot twists, instead they are merely plot developments presented in a story that is told in a fashion that is not strictly linear.
This is a well shot (some creative use of visual techniques and shot selections in this film), well written, engaging film that draws you in and keeps you watching right to the very end, despite the fact that it deliberately takes in time in various places.
I couldn't help but think of Take Shelter when I watched this film - both movies have a similar stylistic sensibility, where things are not overplayed, and the lead protagonist has an eccentricity and vulnerability about them that you just can't look away from.
A great film, well worthy of the 90 minutes it takes to get through, and a clear sign that this filmmaker has a very successful future ahead of him.
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