Step right up, fans of Blood Simple! Whenever I revisit the Coens’ debut (which is often) I always wonder why it hasn’t served as inspiration for more young independent filmmakers. Finally, someone had a similar thought and went and made a terrific slow-burn revenge film called Blue Ruin.
This is a gorgeously moody crime thriller about a hapless guy who gets in way over his head in a game of revenge and murder. I love how the story unfolds visually, adding new layers and characters step by bloody step. Written, directed, and shot by Jeremy Saulnier, and starring the big-eyed soulful gaze of Macon Blair, the film was a hit at Sundance and Cannes and now it’s available on demand. It’s very well done and highly recommended.