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4-29-2016 MOVIE REVIEW: GREEN ROOM (2016)

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Another film that practically came out of nowhere was Spring 2016’s horror/thriller/slasher “Green Room” from A24 Studios (gosh they’ve released some good films these last few years).  The picture follows a group of near broke-punk rockers who go by the name the Ain’t Rights. Stranded and strapped for cash -to point of having to steal and siphon gas in order for their dilapidated truck to move- and stuck somewhere in the pacific northwest, the group gets word of an $350 per member concert opportunity at a local dive out in the boonies of Portland and despite warning, take the opportunity.

Upon arriving to the club, past the chain linked gate, the group soon realizes what they’ve got themselves into: Admission requires being a neo-Nazi skinhead and a neck covered in tattoos.  The group barely survives their first concert dodging beer-bottles and spit in order to keep the show alive but none of the members are prepared for what’s in store after they hit it up backstage in the dressing room post-concert.  The group finds a dead body on the floor and after shrills, screams and tears they are held hostage in the back room by the club manager until, as they are told, the cops arrive.  It’s never mentioned who’s dead, whether it be a member of the club, a member of another band or a fan but the murder is particularly gruesome, done in knife-to-the-head style fashion.  Upon the manager leaving, a bouncer enters with a gun and tells them to remain quiet and that all of this will be over quickly.  The group quickly discovers after negotiating with the club owner (Patrick Stewart) that they will be killed and or framed for the crime as witnesses.  Caught in a life or death situation, the bandmates figure their best chances of survival are by escaping the “green room” and that’s where the suspense begins to take off.

The film puts a unique spin on a genre of filmmaking –that is individuals or groups held hostage- and it’s plot audiences will find similar to the 60’s/70’s classic such as “Night of the Living Dead”, “Assault on Precinct 13” and David Fincher’s 2002 film “Panic Room”.  That said the level of violence and brutality in this picture is unlike anything I’ve seen the last couple of years with plenty of cuts, stabbings and close range bullet-to-the-head shotgun firings and to make your stomach queeze.  “Green Room” is certainly not a film for the faint of heart.

Other than Stewart you’ll be hard pressed to find another recognizable actor/actress in this film, but the story is so dark and violent hardly any attention is given to the characters as it’s all about the next terrifying scene.  One can count on a single hand the number of lines Stewart has in this picture.

Though incredibly violent I’d recommend seeing “Green Room” but perhaps wait until it hits DVD/Blu-Ray.  I give “Green Room” 2.5 out of 4 Stars.

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