Green Room

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Green Room: when they witness a murder in a remote neo-nazi music venue crusty-punk band “The Ain’t Rights” have to fight their way out. It’s the sort of weird blurb that you’d expect from a shitty B-Movie, but this one is anything but that. The setup is a great portrayal of the Punk/DIY scene and touring life in general; whereas the main chunk of the film switches to a tense, claustrophobic cat-and-mouse thriller as the band are trapped, and the balance of power inside/outside the room shifts back and forth. The final act changes gears yet again into more of a generic hillbilly survival horror story; yet keeps up with the breath-holding, seat-grabbing set pieces. The film is littered with moments of ultra-violent ultra-gore; limbs being slashed, people being gutted, graphic gunshot wounds… which are offset with some wonderfully wicked black/morbid comedy moments; like fighting off a dog with a mic stand and getting ridiculous feedback from the PA system. Visually, the film is very slick and the director skillfully keeps the majority of the runtime confined to a the small, grotty, bar: unsurprisingly, all of the green colours have been popped out, giving it a vibrant – almost neon – wash. The entire cast is solid; it’s a great turn by Yelchin in one of his final roles, and it’s fantastic to see someone straight like Patrick Stewart play a proper ruthless peesashit baddie. Green Room exceeds all expectations for a film with its niche plot, and is handled exceptionally by the cast and director, creating a solid and effective thriller.

Score: 7.5/10

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List of bands mentioned / referenced: I’m sure there’s more!

Fugazi, Dead Kennedys, Dillinger Escape Plan, Misfits, Black Sabbath, Simon and Garfunkel, Prince, Madonna, Slayer, Iggy Pop, Minor Threat, Distillers, Dare to Defy,

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5 comments
  1. Wendell said:

    Really enjoyed this movie. It was so wonderfully tense. Glad you did, as well. Nice review, but I admit I had to laugh at your choice of words “someone straight like Patrick Stewart.” I think his husband would agree he most certainly is not, lol.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Hahahaha, didn’t intend on making that innuendo!

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  2. Jaina said:

    This was a surprising film. Went in totally not expecting to get what i did. Came out pleasantly surprised. Some great tense scenes, coupled with the ludicrous.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Same – was expecting something way trashier. Going to have to check out Blue Ruin and Murder Party as the director seems like a great pair of hands.

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      • Jaina said:

        Got Blue Ruin on my list too, not heard of Murder Party—can’t not give a horror comedy try.

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