It’s extremely rare for a film that manages to meet all the expectations I have for it. Director Jeremy Saulnier has crafted an excellent blend of beauty and brutality. With back breaking tension and an excellent cast you’d be doing yourself a great disservice if you missed out on Green Room.
When you’re first initially watching Green Room it feels like you’re watching a coming of age movie, often utilizing wide shots of the lush scenery that the characters are traveling through. The score is often extremely slow, relying on ambient and deep sounds. This aids the uncertainty that is packaged with the movie.
The characters are in a punk band called “Ain’t Rights” which are currently touring the west coast. They’ve stumbled on hard times after a previous show promoter undercuts them. They are given an offer to play at a venue in rural Oregon that is owned and operated by a large group of skin head punks. After witnessing a murder at the venue this is where Green Rooms tones change drastically.
Our group of misfit’s personalities really shine here. Everybody brings uniqueness to the table, and at times I found myself drawn in to each character. A shining example is Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Filth) whom manages to find a perfect balance of fear and courage. She does an excellent job of keeping you glued the entire movie. Anton Yelchin plays Pat who at times is fearing for his life more than he is leading the group. I enjoyed seeing him play someone who was vulnerable and actually a really believable character in his given circumstance.
Patrick Stewart plays Darcy the venue owner and leader of this mob of white supremacists. It was extremely difficult to get used to Patrick playing such a terrifying character. As the actor most known for characters for playing compassionate characters in franchises like Star Trek and X-Men, it through me off guard. This made his character that much more entertaining to watch.
Of all the actors Malcom Blair (Murder Party, Blue Ruin) in his character Gabe had the most depth. He had more going on internally than any other character in the movie. I found his struggling sense of morality shone brightly. Most of the time when he gets screen time he is the only character that manages to relieve some of the tension on screen.
Overall Green Room is a great tale of survival and unrelenting tension. It’ll probably be one of the only movies this year that actually left me physically exhausted after watching. I highly recommend checking it out.