Saturday, May 14, 2016

Movie Review: Green Room

The most brutal and intense movie of this year, Green Room is directed by Jeremy Saulnier, the director of the Netflix thriller Blue Ruin. This violent horror movie shows that this up and coming director has a lot of talent to make movies that shock and amaze viewers with a slow burn but also a payoff that is a jolt to your senses.

The plot moves fast with the band finding a gig at a venue frequented and owned by rough white supremacists. The band led by Pat, played by Anton Yelchin, a great actor, is disgusted by the views and plays songs to piss off the crowd. Things go quickly from bad to worse.

Reece the drummer, played by Joe Cole from Peaky Blinders, Sam the bass player, played by Alia Shawkat who is Maeby in Arrested Development, and Tiger the lead singer, played by Callum Turner who will appear in the upcoming very cool looking Assassin's Creed movie, make up the rest of the band. They quickly run into trouble when just as they moving their stuff out, a dead girl is found in the Green Room and another potential victim begs them to call the police.

The movie does not hold back on the violence with the supremacists determined not to use guns so they can get away with the crime of murder by making it all look like a crime scene. Macon Blair, the protagonist of Blue Ruin, shows up as the manager of the venue. Patrick Stewart brings the biggest name as the leader of the bad guys. These men also breed dogs to fight and they hope to use the animals to cover up the murders leading to some gruesome attacks.

Though a horror film, it does not fall for any of the clich├ęs or typical pitfalls but keeps an intense forward momentum that doesn't let up and holds some genuine jumps that are not foolish or cheap. I was thoroughly entertained, and this film will leave theatergoers blown away. This will be a movie to remember when making my top ten list at the end of the year!

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