Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Showing: Nationwide, right now!
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Mark Webber.
Me and my husband absolutely love going to the cinema. Before we had children, we went at least four or five times a month, if not more. It’s a massive treat now, to go out and do something we used to skip out and do at the drop of a hat, and I was really excited to go out and review Green Room-a fairly small budget thriller, from indie director Jeremy Saulnier. This falls directly into the category of film that we would usually be drawn to-another bonus!
The film follows a down on their luck punk band, The Ain’t Rights, as they move around, fuelled by siphoned petrol, small amounts of money from gigs, long conversations about their ‘desert island’ music, and not much else. Where the film finds them, they have just finished a gig, and have no more lined up. The owner of the venue they’ve just played at, arranges one for them, at a club in the middle of nowhere, which happens to be in a nest pod full of neo-nazis.
As soon as the band arrive, the tension is palpable, and you kind of just want them to turn around and leave… You think they’re going to be able to do just that, when they finish their not particularly well received gig, but do set about heading back to their van. But in quickly returning to pick up a phone left behind in the green room, one of the band members stumbles on a murder scene. The entire band are then holed up in the green room, with the body, the murdered girls best friend, and the club bouncer, Big Justin. They barricade themselves in, when Darcy, (Patrick Stewart,) the leader of the supremacist pack is hurriedly called in, and it becomes clear that they are going to be part of the mess that needs ‘clearing up.’
I’d heard that this film was violent, really violent. Now, I know violence is subjective, but I was kind of expecting from hearing this, that it was going to be the unjustified, vomit inducing violence, found in films like Hostel. But this was an incorrect assumption-it was violent, but apart from a scene involving an arm and a door (where I could see Mr W visibly screwing up his face and wincing out of the corner of my eye,) the violence befit the characters, and the situation, and was in no way gratuitous. There were some scenes involving dogs, but apart from the odd spatter of blood, a lot of it was implied.
With the band being trapped in the green room, there is a clear shift from panic, when they realise they are surrounded, to sheer desperate acts of fight or flight. You can easily feel how desperate they are to escape, and the pure claustrophobia of the situation. The acting is fantastic, but as the leader of the gang, I felt like I needed Patrick Stewart to be more menacing. Yes, he calmly handed out kill orders to his neo-Nazi minions, but I didn’t find him particularly terrifying, and I think he needed to be!
This was, in my opinion, a really, really good film, and if this genre of film is up your street, embrace a bit of suspense, violence, and a very cast against type Patrick Stewart, and catch it while it’s on!
What I give it out of 10: 8
I was given cinema tickets in exchange for a review, but I have given a totally honest review of my thoughts on the film!