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Blue Ruin (2013)

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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.

Director:

Jeremy Saulnier

Writer:

Jeremy Saulnier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Macon Blair ... Dwight
Ydaiber Orozco ... Amanda (Rental Houser Mother)
Ronald Sarcos Ronald Sarcos ... Eric (Rental House Father)
Dani Santiago Dani Santiago ... Daughter #1
Adrian Santiago Adrian Santiago ... Daughter #2
George Fredericks George Fredericks ... Metal Detector Couple
Elizabeth Fredericks Elizabeth Fredericks ... Metal Detector Couple
Sidné Anderson ... Officer Eddy
Brooke Bennett Brooke Bennett ... Smoking Girl
Ellen Danaher Ellen Danaher ... Pawn Shop Clerk
Katie Kramer Katie Kramer ... Supermarket Cashier
Shelley Illmensee ... SUV Driver
Kevin Kolack ... Teddy Cleland
Stacy Rock ... Hope Cleland (Cousin)
Eve Plumb ... Kris Cleland (Sister)
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Storyline

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 A Guy

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Taglines:

A Man With Nothing To Lose Is A Man With Nothing To Fear. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Officer Eddy: [wakes Dwight by knocking softly on his car door] Get ready. I'd like you to come into the station.
Dwight: I... Is it about the house. 'Cuz I could...
Officer Eddy: Dwight, sweetheart, I'll explain. Okay? Just come with me.
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Connections

References The A-Team (1983) See more »

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The A-Team [Theme]
Music by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
© EMI April Music Inc., Dar-Jen Music, Marbo Music, SJC Music.
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Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) o/b/o Lokey Publishing (BMI).
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Excellent Indie slow burner
25 April 2014 | by brendan-821-654855See all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Revenge Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$420,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,608, 27 April 2014

Gross USA:

$258,384

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$993,313
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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