After I saw "Green Room", I immediately knew that I wanted to watch Saulnier's other films, so when I started Netflix DVD again, I added it towards the top of my queue.
I didn't think that "Blue Ruin" was as suspenseful as "Green Room". While there was some suspense-building, it plateaued due to the predictability of the film. While it was extremely well-made, the film didn't really do anything to subvert the tropes of the revenge thriller genre. I knew what was going to happen in the end because I am familiar with the genre, which did hold my suspense back a bit. Despite the predictability, the film did do a very good job developing the protagonist into a likable character.
The film was also very well-made. The cinematography is beautiful. Saulnier has an eye for camerawork, and he was the cinematographer for this film. I like when there is a writer/director/cinematographer, because that means that the filmmaker is able to realize their dream if they do it correctly, and I think that this is one of those cases.
Macon Blair is truly great in this film. He is amazingly believable in this role and allows the audience to be drawn into the world of the film. I think that his comfortability in the role has to do with his comfortability with Saulnier, who was his childhood friend. Other actors do fine, however they don't get as much of a chance to shine as Blair.
So "Blue Ruin" is a very good thriller. While a predictable script can hinder the suspense of the film, it does not hinder the enjoyability, nor cinematic quality of the film.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: DVD from Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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