Film reviews – Blue Ruin (15) & The Two Faces of January (12A)

I am combining two film reviews into one because I don’t have much to say about either film, but as I’ve seen them I thought I may as well share my opinion…

Blue Ruin is total ‘revenge’ film.  When Dwight (played by Macon Blair), is told that the man jailed for murdering his parents is being released, he returns to his home town to get revenge.  At first glance, it would be easy to dismiss this film as violent and shallow.  While it is certainly violent, it isn’t shallow.  The excellent performance by Macon Blair who does a very good job at expressing the anguish Dwight has being living with for years, brings credibility to the film.  This combined with some skilful editing and cinematography make the film a quality production.  However, there is no escaping the revenge theme and violence, so if you can’t stomach that, then give this film a miss.

See it if you liked: Killing Them Softly, No Country for Old Men

Set in 1962, The Two Faces of January is about a couple who arrive in Athens, the husband is a conman and has gone there in an attempt to escape the clients who want their money back.  While in Athens they meet a young American called Rydal (played by Oscar Issac).  Rydal becomes involved with the couple whose glamorous lifestyle unravels, as the past catches up with them.  Kirsten Dunst who stars as the conman’s wife described this film as an old fashioned style thriller…  If that’s the case, I’ll stick with the modern ones!  Perhaps it’s just not my kind of film, but I found it slow and quite boring.  I saw this film with two friends who thought the same.

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