‘Blue Ruin’ is nerve-shreddingly brilliant

Dwight (Macon Blair) in Blue Ruins. Pictured: Dwight (Macon Blair). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Picturehouse Entertainment. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Dwight (Macon Blair) in Blue Ruins. Pictured: Dwight (Macon Blair). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Picturehouse Entertainment. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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Spur-of-the-moment actions speak louder than carefully chosen words in Jeremy Saulnier’s impeccably crafted second feature.

Macon Blair delivers a riveting performance as homeless drifter Dwight. It transpires that Will Cleland (David W Thompson), the man who is serving time for murdering Dwight’s parents, is poised to re-emerge into the outside world. Dwight’s quest to dole out what he perceives as justice to Will and his hillbilly brethren imperils Dwight’s estranged sister Sam (Amy Hargreaves) and her two children.

‘Blue Ruin’ breathes new life into a well-worn genre as it reaches a shocking yet emotionally satisfying denouement.

Saulnier makes every cent of his one million dollar budget count, including some horribly convincing make-up effects as Dwight incurs life-threatening wounds that could derail his twisted crusade.

The lean 90-minute running time is perfectly judged - any longer and our nails would be gnawed down to the cuticle.