Cert: 18 Runtime: 95 mins Director: Jeremy Saulnier Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner,Joe Cole, Macon Blair and Mark Webber
Tell somebody who gives a shit
Jeremy Saulnier came to great acclaim with Blue Ruin a few years ago, I liked it originally but I have grown to respect a like it much more now. His latest Green Room has hit the cinematic world by storm, receiving some great reviews and acclaim. The icing on the cake for Green Room was the casting of Patrick Stewart as a bad guy. If that doesn’t sell you tickets then I don’t know what will? So what is Green Room about? Punk rock band the Ain’t Rights are on a gruelling tour of US dives. Hungry and running out of cash, they’re on the verge of calling it quits when their booker offers them a roadhouse show off the beaten track in Oregon. They’re suitably alarmed to find the venue teeming with malevolent skinheads. The band just about survive their show, but things get even worse when they stumble across a murder backstage. Suspecting that they won’t make it out alive, they barricade themselves in with a young audience member (Imogen Poots) who also fears for her life.
Along with High-Rise and Victoria this has to be one of my films of the year! Green Room is a completely different slasher film when it comes to narrative. Not a single frame is wasted on unnecessary background, boring exposition dumps or contrived wrap-ups and explanations. Everything that can and should be known about the characters, and the story itself is implied visually. It’s be hard to genrephie this film as a simple and effective horror film or a solid suspense film. It’s both and neither. When the story comes to a crossroads, it always veers towards tactile suspense over outright gore. The dread is personified by Patrick Stewart who does a tremendous job playing against type as the club’s true-believer owner. Unlike the majority of his underlings, who respond to the adrenaline poisoning their veins, Stewart’s Darcy is always collected. It’s as if he’s done this kind of thing before and has no compunction making a group of washout twenty-somethings disappear. Even if that means losing a couple of hungry pitbulls in the process.
Green Room won’t be for everyone, it does contain some very shocking gore. It’s very seldom you see so much of it, for me I liked it. It’s always refreshing to see such a good chamber movie. Jeremy Saulnier is a film-maker for the future, he does have a Nicolas Windig Refn aspect to him. The tension through out Green Room from beginning to end leaves you glued to the screen. If Saulnier continues to create such gripping cinema then I am sure he will be revered as a master of the 21st century. I would highly advise anyone to go and watch Green Room.If you’re not light-hearted and you appreciate the proper use of hard hitting violence in a movie, if you like it when a movie grabs you by the gut and won’t let go, and if constant edge-of-the-seat feeling is something you seek in your viewing experience, then this movie is definitely for you.