A young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence.
ActorsStarring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Macon Blair, David W. Thompson, Eric Edelstein, Brent Werzner, Taylor Tunes, Kai Lennox, Samuel Summer, Mason Knight, Colton Ruscheinsky
Green Room has only had a limited cinema release, mainly doing the rounds on film festivals around the world. It’s not a big budget, big thrills movie. Like director Jeremy Saulnier’s previous movie, Blue Ruin, it is a small movie rooted in what feels like a classic B-movie set-up and script, but one that again delivers surprisingly well.
A punk-rock band, The Ain’t Rights, aren’t particularly successful, and if they can even get a gig, they still don’t get much of an audience it seems… So when they get a last minute booking somewhere in the Oregon woods to play for a bunch of skinheads, they accept it as it may bring in some cash at least.
When they get there, they realise this place isn’t just a few skinheads hanging out – it feels more like the local white supremacy headquarters. They play a poorly chosen number for an antagonistic crowd and quickly make their way to the green room, where they accidentally walk in to a murder scene, and soon find themselves on the wrong side of a cover-up: now they also need to be taken care of…
The story is straightforward, so it is all in the experience. And Saulnier delivers a well-constructed and tautly directed experience: dark, claustrophobic, not scaring away from violence but without making it a horror gore fest, and a nice touch by making Patrick Stewart the white-supremacist-in-charge. We know this cannot end well, but we don’t know who is going to the bite the dust next…
Simple but effective.