Green Room is the second film I have seen by director Jeremy Saulnier. I happened upon Blue Ruin a year or so ago from a friend’s recommendation and was completely taken by it. It seems nail biting, revenge thrillers are Saulnier’s modus operandi. We are halfway through May and Green Room is the best movie I have seen this year. I give this movie the rating: Must See Film!
2nd Review to give Green Room the MUST SEE FILM!
The movie follows punk band The Ain’t Rights who rely on word of mouth to get their music out to the masses. When they travel to an Oregon city to play a show and it falls through they have no idea how they can afford to keep traveling.
Tad (David W. Thompson), a local fan, sets them up with another show in a remote Oregon club that guarantees a good pay out. They find out after arriving that the club caters to a rowdy crowd of neo-Nazis. After they play their set they become witnesses to a recent murder and are held hostage.
The casting in this film is excellent. Anton Yelchin is one of my favorite actors and that is what initially drew me to this movie. The first time he caught my attention was as Zack Mazursky in Alpha Dog. He has quite the filmography so it is hard to keep up with every he is in. I love that through his career so far he has avoided being typecast.
Some of my favorite roles he has been in are Chekov in the Star Trek reboot, Max in Burying the Ex, the title character in Odd Thomas, Ian in Only Lovers Left Alive, and especially as Brian in 5 to 7. In Green Room, he plays Pat, the band’s bassist that seems pretty unsure of himself.
For the most part I have only seen Patrick Stewart in good guy science fiction roles (X-Men, Star Trek). I was really excited to see him act as the villain in this movie. His portrayal of unflinching, merciless club owner Darcy is terrifying. He did not disappoint me! It is clear this is not the first time he has had to clean up a mess and he has no problem rallying his thugs to get the job done.
The fact that I could see the events of this movie on the news or in the paper made it all the more tense. Coupled with the not-quite-over-the-top gore, I caught myself squirming in my seat a few times with empathy aching appendages. The reactions this movie elicits made it memorable and a great time at the movies.