Blue Ruin


Written and directed by Jeremy Sauliner, Blue Ruin is a powerful return to form for the revenge movie.  Macon Blair (Murder Party) plays Dwight, a man, who at first, looks to be homeless, but we learn that Dwight has chosen to live in a car. This is a man who has been beaten down by life and this is the direction he chose.  When Dwight learns that the man who murdered his parents is being released from prison, he gets his car back into running order, buys a road map and heads to the prison just in time.

Blair does an outstanding job of portraying Dwight with the look of a lost, little lamb who, underneath it all, has a pretty firm grasp on the road he is about to take and all of the potential repercussions. Especially at the beginning of the film, his absolute look of innocence reminded me so much of Bud Cort in Harold and Maude. You just want to take him in and take care of him. As his story progresses, Dwight slowly becomes a bit more sure of himself and his intentions.

Dwight makes some choices that put his sister and her family in danger. He has chosen to take revenge on a family who does not call the police; they simply take care of things on their own. When his sister tells him, “I’d forgive you if you were crazy, but you’re not. You’re weak.” it is one of the few times Dwight looks as though he is really seeing and feeling the consequences of his actions.

This is what I like to refer to as a “quiet” movie. There is very little dialogue in the film and this is what makes it so haunting. The score is just as subdued and perfectly fits every scene, every emotion, every moment. Certainly more of a  thriller than a horror film, Blue Ruin does not lack for blood. In a particularly memorable “self – surgery” scene, my toes curled. Literally.

This is the kind of movie that draws you in so completely, that you are somewhat mesmerized. Although you are never sure if you agree with Dwight’s decisions, you are very happy to be along for the ride.

Profile Of A Killer Review – Shawn Lachance

Profile of a Killer is a 2012 Crime drama directed by

Caspian Tredwell-Owen. It was filmed with a low budget but it is able to achieve more than you’d expect due to the writing and acting.

There are quite a few flaws along the way and some of the minor characters seem to be fresh out of acting school, but the main cast is believable you actually care what happens to them.

The killer is an intriguing character as well. There were times when I went from hating to sympathizing with him in a matter of seconds. I give major kudos to the actor(withheld due to possible spoilers) for managing to take me on a ride with his/her performance.

The plot has a decent pacing to it but there are times when scenes feel completely unnecessary. The running time isn’t overly long though, so even the scenes that hang around for a moment or two longer than they should are over rather quickly. For every scene that feels disjointed and convoluted, there is another scene afterwards that gets the film back on track. The first 15 minutes of the film are completely hit and miss, but it manages to get much better after that.

I wish this film had a higher budget because I can appreciate everything that the Director was going for. There are a few ideas that could probably have been fleshed out a little bit better, but it never detracts from the overall feel and flow of the film.

Profile of a Killer succeeded in holding my interest for the duration of its runtime and it made me curious to see how the story would play out and end. It’s not perfect by any means, but it is definitely worth a watch. Recommended.