The following is a quick review of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.
Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room follows a punk band called ‘Ain’t Rights,’ which is nearing the end of their tour. In Oregon, they meet a local radio host who arranges a gig at a neo-Nazi bar. After the show, the band goes back to the green room, and they see a girl who has been stabbed to death. When the band’s bassist (played by Anton Yelchin) tries to call the police, the bouncers and the bar owners freak out and hold them at gunpoint inside the green room.
I had heard a lot of really great things about Saulnier’s Green Room. I had heard about how violent it was, and how it really felt like an adrenaline rush. I had heard about it. But seeing is believing, and I believe. There are some really violent scenes in here that made me awfully uneasy. There’s this thing that happens to the bassist that made me sick to my stomach. You’ll know exactly what scene I’m referring to once you see the film. It’s really well done.
I also think the filmmakers did a remarkable job of really capturing the right atmosphere. This bar oozes the blood, sweat, and filth you would associate with that kind of environment. I thought the bandmembers were believable. They felt like a group of friends on the road.
The characters also aren’t – to put it frankly – dumb. Sometimes you are stuck with a group of characters in films like these that make all the wrong choices. I don’t think that’s the case here. I was pretty much on board with most of what they were doing about the unfortunate situation that they had found themselves in.
I thought Anton Yelchin – the bassist – and Imogen Poots – a witness – were both really great in the film, and Patrick Stewart – the neo-Nazi leader – was a satisfactory antagonist. Still, though, I have to admit that I thought I would like it more than I ultimately did. That isn’t to say that it isn’t a good movie. It is.
In fact, I think it is a great slasher-thriller, but while I enjoyed the characters a fair bit, I think I might’ve expected more from Stewart’s character. In the end, though, this is an intense, violent, and atmospheric slasher-thriller that I can highly recommend.
8 out of 10
– Jeffrey Rex