Green Room is a crime/thriller by Jeremy Saulnier about a punk rock band trapped in a neo-Nazi skinhead bar after witnessing a murder. Check out my review…
A band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated (IMDb). Check out the trailer…
Green Room starts off pretty slow in an attempt to give us a little bit of depth to the characters that we will follow in the rest of the movie. Unfortunately, I thought that all we really got was a surface level understanding of these characters and left a lot to be desired.
But once the meat of the story kicks in, I was sucked in. The movie is paced really well and the director Jeremy Saulnier does really well in keeping up the tension. This is helped by some very interesting editing choices that add to the manic nature of some parts of the story. The movie zigs just when you think you’ve caught on to where the movie is going and should zag. I did, however, have a problem with some of the characters’ behaviours; the reasonings felt unexplained pointing to a somewhat incomplete script.
The performances are led by the national treasure that is Patrick Stewart. His menacingly calm and calculated demeanour is terrifying to watch. His character has a great presence on screen. Everyone else does an admirable job too, chief amongst them is the late Anton Yelchin.
Overall, Green Room is a thrilling survival story told with good pacing with one outstanding performer. Some of the details of the story left something to be desired. But there is enough there to keep you entertained for the most part.
My Score: 3.5/5 – Well worth a watch.
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