At the end of their low-budget tour, a punk band accepts a gig at an isolated rural club, only to discover that their hosts are neo-Nazis.
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Imogen Poots, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Kai Lennox, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, David W. Thompson
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/80060034
A few months ago whilst perusing the cheap films in Asda I saw a film called “Green Room” – I’d not heard of it but it was £8 on Blu-ray. I um-ed and ah-ed about buying it on numerous future visits mainly because it had Patrick Stewart in it and I always feel he wouldn’t sign up to be in a rubbish film. So when “Green Room” was added to Netflix UK shortly after that, I decided it was a sign that I should watch it.
The “Ain’t Rights” are a low-level punk band made up of Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Alia Shawkat), Reece (Joe Cole), and Tiger (Callum Turner). After doing a rare radio interview they get offered a last-minute gig near Portland, Oregon to finish off their current tour. Once they arrive they set up and start their set with a cover of Dead Kennedy’s “Nazi Punks F**k Off”. The crowd don’t seem too pleased with this choice though; what with it being a neo-Nazi club afterall…
After their gig they head back to the green room backstage in order to relax before getting packed up but it’s here that they see someone murdered and then things really take off. This all happens within the first 15 or so minutes of the film. There’s no dragging of feet here.
Visually the film is quite dark and it works really well – it is, after all, set in a dark and dingy club out in the sticks. While “Green Room” is about a punk band but it’s not just for punk fans; although there are some nice references throughout to various bands like The Damned, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cro-Mags and more.
As the staff try to cover up the murder, the band are quick to realise that they are in some serious danger. They don’t have any social media presence and no one know where they are as it was a last-minute addition to their tour. With their new ally, who witnessed the murder, they manage to take control of the situation. That is until the club’s owner Darcy (Patrick Stewart) makes an appearance.
You see, Darcy runs a tight ship and doesn’t take any grief from anyone. He is calm, collected and knows exactly what he wants – and Stewart plays this menacing bad guy superbly. With a hand-picked team of neo-Nazis to choose from, some killer-dogs and a not-too-shabby arsenal of weapons, Darcy goes about trying to dispose of the troublesome band that could bring about the end of his little secret club.
I feel that I should point out that “Green Room” is rated 18 by the BBFC for “strong bloody violence, gore” but what that fails to mention is the ongoing threat throughout. The acting from the cast is incredibly believable and I don’t recall any moment in the film where I doubted that they were really fighting for their lives. It is very violent. It is very gory. You have been warned!
Even though the film is shot mostly in the small club, it doesn’t feel claustrophobic. The long, intense scenes coupled with the excellent cast see to it that you have enough going on to worry about being trapped in the same place for almost 90 minutes. The question is: will they survive?
Overall “Green Room” doesn’t really tell much of a story other than how hard you fight when your life is at stake but this isn’t a bad thing. You get a lot of story told in an hour and a half and not every film needs to paint a moral standpoint – I think sometimes we’re spoilt with having meaningful films. Given the content, and the sickening graphic detail involved, I actually enjoyed “Green Room”. If you can handle this level of threat and violence then I’d highly recommend it.
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