BLUE RUINSeptember 05, 2014
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: BLUE RUIN (Radius).
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By Joe Charnitski
BLUE RUIN is an award winner from Cannes written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It’s a thriller in the truest sense of the word. It is mysterious and suspenseful. It never quite stops messing with your point of view. It provides information and detail as we go. The more you learn, the more you’ll wonder about what comes next. It is also tragic. A tale of two broken families digging in to old wounds until no hope for healing is left.
As for the story, it would be difficult to say too much without taking something away from the viewing experience. We find Dwight in a desperate state when the film begins. He starts to look better as the story progresses, but his circumstances, in many ways, get much worse. He’s had a situation thrust upon him, but then he makes a decision, and that decision releases an unstoppable momentum on his life. It’s being called a revenge movie. That about sums it up.
The full story will develop right up to the penultimate scene. The characters receive highlighting and shading every time we learn more about their situations. There’s a poetry to how everything turns out. There’s just enough there to leave you hopeful that the cyclical horrors we’ve seen don’t have to continue.
The cast performs very well across the board. In addition to Macon Blair’s frightened but committed protagonist, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves and Kevin Kolack all bring a richness to the story with portrayals of best friend, sister and nemesis, respectively. Saulnier’s skills as a director (he also provided the cinematography) are sharp. A quiet film driven by mood and character is an oft missed target. Saulnier’s pacing, dialogue and cinematography hit it pretty damn close to the bullseye.
There’s a motif throughout BLUE RUIN about houses, homes really, and the little items you find in them that symbolize the family within. The film is a lot about family and loyalty and standing by people, not because it’s right, but because, well, I can’t say I’m sure.
Maybe in a strange way it’s about the truest form of love.
Love that is inexplicable.
Hard to defend. At one point one of the characters speculates that love is what has caused so much suffering for the members of these two families. I told you it was tragic.
Joe Charnitski is a new contributing writer to On Demand Weekly. His career in film and television production, development and marketing has included stops at Miramax Films, Syfy and VH1. He currently works at a entertainment focused social media marketing agency in New York City. Twitter:@JoeCharnitski
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