by Jordan Ruimy
There is something entirely captivating in watching a film as little and unknown as “Blue Ruin”. Debut director Jeremy Saulnier has crafted something very unique, a film that amasses in impact the more it goes along. It’s not an easy film to review given the style and structure that Saulnier uses to further move his story, but it’s an independent film that truly gives a good name to the American “indie film” – a cinematic genre that has kind of struggled in the last few years to find and pave a new groove to its used up edges. Saulnier doesn’t necessarily adhere to any conventions, he has a bigger plan. “Blue Ruin” is very much a “crime” film that infuses a boatload of originality to reinvent that aforementioned genre. He properly structures his narrative to get us intrigued from the very first shot. This isn’t a perfect film, but it’s so intriguing, wholly original and so fascinating to watch that you automatically forgive any of its shortcomings.