Green Room is a well crafted cinematic torture machine in the best possible way. The premise will make some cringe while making others giddy: A punk band, trapped in a club in the middle of nowhere, has to fight off a bunch of murderous skinheads to get out. The idea sounds like something out of a Tarantino film but director Jeremy Saulnier creates a grungy, concept with artistry shock and awe.
What makes this movie not fall under the ‘grindhouse’, B-horror flicks is the cast and characters. Anytime an intense situation arises in this film the characters react as if it was real. When someone gets murdered or when someone kills in self defense whether its the good guys or the bad ones they react in horror, and sometimes disgust. All the actors are great in this movie but Anton Yelchin (RIP) and Patrick Stewart shine above everyone else. Who ever thought Professor X could be so menacing in this movie.
This movie has barely any flaws. As the story progresses it turns more into a thriller then a horror one. Which I was a bit disappointing because I thought this would be a pure horror film but it really didn’t matter because the film still kicked ass. The story also sort of hiccuped for me during the final act, for it seemed a bit rushed. But outside of that this movie was pulse binding. Honestly I have never had such an adrenaline rush like this in the theaters since…ever. Maybe Dark Knight or seeing a new star wars movie in over a decade. But those were for a few minutes or for certain scenes. Green Room however kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. Which is rare and an incredible accomplishment.
Green Room never tries to be anything more than what it is. A brilliantly gory, incredibly well directed thrill ride that I enjoyed from start to finish. The acting performances, especially from Yelchin and Stewart are excellent, and though this is more of a thriller movie then a horror one. Its still one of the best movies I have seen this year.