Review: Green Room

Even though I was well aware that it would be out of theaters mere weeks after it was released, and that I needed to make it a priority, I completely dropped the ball and did not see Green Room in time.

Luckily, a friend bought the Blu-ray, so I saw it, and now I really wished I saw it in theaters, because Green Room was a spectacular movie. There was no trailer that I found that was extremely spoiler-filled, so I came into this movie with the benefit of not knowing much about it.

 

Green Room starts off with a four-person metal band trying to make it in the underground concert scene (forgive my lack of vocabulary), and they’re given an opportunity to play at a dive bar out in the woods. When they arrive, it turns out to be a bit more than they bargained for.

 

What follows is an visceral, blood-pumping ride that had me effortlessly attached to the screen the entire time.

 

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Patrick Stewart’s character is ominous and terrifying, soft-spoken and articulate. One could not in good conscience call him a complicated character, but then again, nobody in this movie is. The characters in this movie are defined by their desperate need to survive. This movie explores what humans are willing to do to remain alive against sinister and overwhelming odds.

 

Anton Yelchin and company all do great jobs. Any sort of exceptionalness in any of their performances starts and ends with how convincing they are in playing terrified and desperate people. Holy crap though, do they ever do that fantastically.

 

This movie has quite a bit of grungy-metal-type rock music in it. The IMDB synopsis calls the band “punk rock”, but I would disagree as I have never heard so much screamo in any punk rock band I listen to. If you are into this kind of music, then this movie is definitely for you. If you aren’t into that kind of music, then you might have to sit through some unpleasant sounds, but the movie is still extremely worth watching.

 

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One of the reasons this story of survival works so well is that they never put sanitized kiddy gloves on this story. There’s enough death and brutality that makes you believe that these kids are fighting for their lives. If death and brutality sound like something you’re not into, then that’s fine, but don’t see this movie then.

 

The only real objective complaint I have is that sometimes it’s hard to understand what people are saying because of the dialogue. This is mainly a criticism of Patrick Stewart (with his soft-spokenness mixed with his tactical jargon), but sometimes other characters are guilty of this as well.

 

Green Room is quite the pitch-dark movie, but it is a compelling story of survival that puts our protagonists way over their heads. There’s certain elements of the movie that are obviously not for everyone, but if this sounds like your thing, then I would seek this movie out as soon as possible, and I’m giving this movie an 8 out of 10.

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