Toronto International Film Festival Reviews: ‘Devil’s Knot,’ ‘Like Father, Like Son,’ ‘Blue Ruin’

The fun has officially started in the Great White North, and the crews from MTV News and will be bringing you updates throughout the Toronto International Film Festival.

To kick things off, has two reviews from highly anticipated movies: “Devil’s Knot,” Atom Egoyan’s retelling of the West Memphis Three, and “Blue Ruin,” a contemplative revenge thriller that wowed at Cannes in May.

Check them out after the jump!

The Devil’s Knot
“The worst thing you can say of ’Devil’s Knot’ is that it is a West Memphis Three story remade in a Hollywood style for audiences with no interest in documentaries. But what’s disconcerting is the probability that, even if you are unfamiliar with and have no particular interest in the documentaries already made on this subject, you are nevertheless likely to be familiar with the basic facts of the case, embedded as they so comfortably are within the popular imagination. I find it very unlikely that anybody watching ’Devil’s Knot’ will enter the theatre certain that the West Memphis Three are guilty and leave convinced otherwise—not because it fails to persuade, but because it simply doesn’t need to. Everybody in the world knows that these boys are innocent. The film therefore has literally nothing to prove.” — Calum Marsh

Blue Ruin
“One of David Cronenberg’s late-career masterpieces perceptively observed that violence has a history, and Jeremy Saulnier’s ’Blue Ruin’ responds to and compliments that film by contending that violence always has a vivid and active present. Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at Cannes in May and sure to absolutely destroy Fantastic Fest next month, Saulnier’s followup to the comparatively amateurish ’Murder Party’ is a feral and staggeringly well-conceived revenge saga that extrapolates one vagrant’s long-simmering quest to avenge the death of his parents into a study of how violence (a word that could apparently use some nice synonyms) is transformative, an animating force unto itself capable of [changing] tools into weapons and men into killers.” — David Ehrlich