I heard good things about Green Room weeks ago on one of the many movie related podcasts that I listen to and couldn’t wait to see it. Unfortunately, I saw it was limited release and I was worried it may not play close to me. Luckily, I was able to get into a press screening (my first one and it was pretty cool) to see it a week before it goes wide. The movie is so intense and crazy violent and one painfully enjoyable experience. If you can handle a bit of violence it’s definitely a Must See film.
What is Green Room?
Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Alia Shawkat), Reece (Joe Cole), and Tiger (Calium Turner) are the punk rock band Ain’t Right are trying to earn enough money to get home, but after their scheduled show falls through they take a gig at a skinhead bar. Things go wrong and the band finds themselves locked in the green room under gun point.
The film boasts Patrick Stewart as its lead villain and he is scary. He is too calm and too in control making him extremely sinister. However, my favorite characters were between Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots who plays Amber. I didn’t realize who Yelchin was until after I saw the movie, but his character was really interesting. He seemed very unsure of himself through parts of the movie a fact established early on when he can’t name his desert island band during an interview. I enjoyed watching this character react to this hostile scene at the skinhead bar. Poots was the most intriguing character in the film as her motivation is always in question. She is a character to watch in the film, but I won’t say anymore to keep away from spoilers.
The band takes the stage of the skinhead bar and open with a Dead Kennedy’s cover of “Nazi Punks F*** Off.” It sets the tone of the film quite great. This group takes risks with the true mindset of a punk band. The crowd reacts as one would expect, but the scene remains calm. The band takes it up a notch with the next song and then expert filmmaking comes into play. The music transitions from the band’s performance into a slow piece of music in the background that mimics the visuals. It’s melodic and beautiful as the slow motion cinematography of a moshpit is shown that manages to match the beauty and pacing of the song.
I’m extremely impressed by director/writer Jeremy Saulnier and plan on watching Blue Ruin in the near future. He manages to get some really great camera work with amazing visuals. The pacing of the film is solid and really builds the tensions perfectly. I was desperate to escape the green room as much as the characters were. The film plays out in exciting ways and the room of critics verbally reacted to multiple moments in this film.
This is one I’ll watch a couple of more times and definitely convince others to see it to watch their reactions. There are visuals in this film that will likely haunt me as a sleep tonight and possibly even when I’m awake. It’s not a torture movie or anything like that, but Saulnier knows what to show and when to give the biggest impact.