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Green Room (2015)


Blah. A vile, grisly, excessively violent film with an unrealistic plot and an unbearably oppressive atmosphere that makes for one of the least pleasant watching experiences I’ve had in a long, long time. It is mostly watchable though thanks to some nice cinematography and a few decent performances, except Patrick Stewart who is incredibly, mind bogglingly miscast here, I mean, my god. What accent was that supposed to be, exactly? British American Southern?

But hey, at least it’s better than Blue Ruin, the director’s previous film, which a lot of people seemed to also love despite it being terribly cast and having an even less realistic story than this did. And the main character from that movie actually has a role in this one too, and he’s not in over his head physically and dramatically like he was there. Progress!

Anyway, the film is well shot and all that, and very much grounded in reality, especially the moments of gruesome violence throughout which come quickly and mercilessly. A lot of care was obviously put into making the film as realistic as possible, so it’s baffling to me why the hell the story wasn’t handled with the same degree of care.

The basic premise of the story is ridiculous. I’m not going to get into spoilers, but come on. Who would ever do this to cover up a murder? No matter how evil a group of people, and these are neo-Nazis so you know they’re evil with a capital E, as the film makes clear repeatedly through its generous use of swastikas and tough looking bald guys with thousand yard stares and psychotic dialogue, no one would think the best way to cover up a murder is to engage in the kinds of things they do here. The plan is ridiculous, just an excuse for the film to be extremely violent and gory and over the top, and boy is it ever.

Overall, extremely unpleasant and overrated, much like Blue Ruin. It’s better than that was, sure, and the director clearly knows a thing or two about how to direct (most of) his actors and how to make it all look real great, and, hell the first 12 minutes or so of this film were actually extremely enjoyable with all that stuff with the band before the actual main idiotic plot kicked in. But then it does and it turns into this weird pseudo horror thriller gore fest drama that I actually debated turning off in parts, it was so unpleasant. I don’t mind violence and gore and darkness in a film, but when it’s all strung together by such a thin, haphazard, idiotic plot, it becomes little more than an exercise in visual sadism. Skip.