Just before the summer season kicks off, we’re getting a film that likely packs more tension than the majority of the tentpole slate, with Jeremy Saulnier‘s revenge thriller Blue Ruin. After going from Cannes to Toronto to Sundance and more, the project bows next month, following a man who returns home to enact revenge and protect his estranged family. One of the best 2014 films we’ve already seen, we said in our full review, “92 minutes of taut physical activity, morbid humor, and gruesome violence, [it's] one of the year’s leanest and most impressive killing machines.”
We added, “Saulnier begins his film with quiet, character-building chapters, but once he sets his resourceful, pleasingly narrow plot in motion, Blue Ruin becomes nothing more than a series of sharp, vicious set-pieces founded on Nash Edgerton-like bursts of violence. The film is a good example of the kind of genre treat that gets points for disposable ambition: Saulnier’s technique is so controlled, and his sequence staging so clever, that nothing else really matters.” Following an initial teaser, a new U.K. trailer has arrived which includes a few praise-filled quotes featuring comparisons to Hitchcock and the Coens. Check it out below for the film also starring Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack and Eve Plumb.
A peaceful vagrant finds his quiet life upended by dreadful news and sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Since he is only an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Blue Ruin opens on April 25th in both theaters and VOD and on May 2nd in the U.K.
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
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