A small punk rock band aptly named The Aint Right's are coming to the end of a long and unsuccessful tour and are about to call it quits when they get a gig at a run down club in Oregon. When the band see something they shouldn't, they become trapped backstage and must bargain and fight for their survival.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) leads the cast of punk rockers whilst Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) plays the clubs owner. The performances are all solid in this grungy, dark and tense thriller but it's the films direction that requires the most praise. This is an edge of your seat thriller filled with gore, action and genuinely scary moments.
Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) is behind the camera and establishes a very dark tone early on and a really interesting visual style. The band arrive at their new gig and immediately know that they don't belong here, their audience is made up of Neo Nazis and white supremacists, and straight away you can tell, something is going to kick off. The entire aesthetic is musty and sticky and Saulnier drags you right into the location of this run down Neo Nazi club. Saulnier creates a sense of claustrophobia, for the majority of the film our characters our stuck in the green room backstage with only one way of getting out, unfortunately they're surrounded by skinheads. This is also an incredibly tense film, my heart was beating rapidly up until the end credits.
Patrick Stewart gives the strongest performance by far, he's the club owner and he's not the off the chain/maniacal man you'd expect to own such an establishment. He's very calm, collected and meticulous but is quite clearly an evil guy. What's so interesting about his character is that he's very 'matter of fact' about everything, he gets on the scene and explains exactly what's going to do down, he doesn't try to manipulate or trick the band, he tells them that this probably won't end well for them.
What I wasn't expecting when I walked into Green Room was a lot of gore, and whilst it's not on a Saw level, it's pretty gnarly. It received quite the reaction from the audience I was in, especially one moment involving a box cutter. The gore certainly helped the film creep under my skin and there are certain images that I probably won't forget anytime soon, so if that's what Saulnier was going for, then he did a good job. The gore is realistic and it makes an impact, but be warned, it is quite unsettling. There's a point to the gore and it does impact the story and the characters. The scene involving the box cutter completely changes the trajectory of the story and more specifically Imogen Poots' character.
The story is a lot more straightforward than I was anticipating, it's a survival thriller set within the confines of a green room. I had a pretty great time with the movie and if you can handle your gore and a lot of tension, then I highly recommend it. I'm giving Green Room an 8.3/10.
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