Probably not something that I will revisit often, but a worthwhile watch for Jia Zhangke fans. Despite being an early student film, and as such quite unpolished, it abounds with Jia’s signature themes and style.
Blue Ruin is a film which, much like its main character, seems hollowed out, scraped clean of all but the darkest and basest of human emotions. Though we witness every detail of Dwight's horrific, but understandable, quest for vengeance, we learn very little about him along the way. The real Dwight seems to have died along with his parents and any opportunities to learn more about the person he was, such as when he looks up his old high school…