Blue Ruin (2013) MIFF Film Review


USA 90 mins

Dwight (Macon Blair) lives a mysterious existence moving between in empty holiday houses and his seemingly abandoned car. After being informed that a certain person has been released from prison, he seeks revenge. His actions result in his sister and her family being threatened, and so he goes to all lengths to protect them.

This film is absolutely made by the performance of Macon Blair. It is often understated, but when there is pain or fear, it is extremely intense. There have been many Hollywood films about revenge which tend to be big and violent and often quite ridiculous, however Blue Ruin felt real.

Blue Ruin screens at ACMI on Friday, August 9 at 6:30pm and at Greater Union on Sunday, August 11 at 4pm. To book tickets, visit