Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve seen way too many movies. It’s been so difficult to find movies to watch that I’m interested in and that can keep my attention past the first 30 minutes! Green Room has been on My List on Netflix since it was added to the Recently Added category and I just kind of decided out of desperation that today was the day and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I haven’t seen a single movie before this with Anton Yelchin and he was a treat to watch onscreen. He was wonderful and it made me so sad to think of his passing. Beyond that, however, I really liked this bizarro Red State-esque thriller. The cake was topped when I went to Cash Converters and, lo and behold, there it is – Green Room on Bluray! It’s been a glorious day.
The plot is pretty basic – a punk band goes to perform a gig but oh no the gig is to be performed in a neo-Nazi skinhead bar… they then open with the Dead Kennedys song “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” which is, in retrospect, the worst choice they could have possibly gone with. They essentially win the hearts of their white supremacist audience, but then witness a stabbing and have to fight for their lives and try to escape alive. The things they encounter during their escape attempt(s) are gruesome and gritty and shocking. There is bonding with traitors (of the neo-Nazi organization), there is injury, there is death… it is not for you if you’re afraid of gore, but I really liked it. I thought everyone acted well and I thought the story, while basic, was compelling.
The villain – the leader of the skinheads – is played by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart and he does a fantastic job portraying a bad guy. He is a bad guy and encompasses all that is bad in this film. The green room is a claustrophobic setting and for the better part of the movie, they’re stuck in it. I felt the tension rising as every second ticked by and desperately wished for them to get out of that room!
Overall, I thought this film was… not exactly a work of art, but it was gritty and the characters were well-developed. The plot, while thin, was sufficient enough to carry me through the film. I bought this one, and I plan to watch it again… definitely worth a watch!