Blue Ruin

Directed by Jeremy Saulnier

USA, 2013

Cornerhouse, 11 May 2014

Blue Ruin

As revenge thrillers go, this is an effective example of the genre.

The violence is visceral, the tension is kept at breaking point throughout. You can admire it at that level. But as the credits roll you’re left with nothing much in your palm, sadly. And no one would find profit or pleasure in viewing it a second time, which is a rough and ready definition of a classic film.

On balance, I’d say see it for the experience, if you like contemporary thrillers, that is, and are not too squemish.

Also, I discovered that Cornerhouse’s Cafe does a delicious blueberry cheesecake, virtually a Viennese  topfenkuchen.  It is baked and has a crisp pastry, rather than a dreadful digestive biscuit base.  Andre Gachet’s delicatessen in Whitefield used to make cheesecake like this.