Revenge films a la Kill Bill and Old Boy has seen great success from individuals honing their anger into a fine point. Their skills are near supernatural – a nod to their intensity and focus – which stirs the blood in all of us.

But would this happen in real life?

Cold in July and Blue Ruin display a more down-to-earth scenario, with leads that need more help for their hate. But this is not to say that they play out boring. On the contrary, in this piece I wrote, I explore what makes these two especially refreshing to watch, and how they add a much-needed breath of fresh air to a formulaic genre.

The humanity is exposed in different ways, and the hapless ‘heroes’ are fascinating to watch, and fans of this theme can only benefit from watching how vengeance plays out in normalcy.

First published: Catchplay

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