Sherita Movie Review: Green Room


By Sherita McAdams

Green Room

Wrong place, wrong time—everyone knows the saying. Director Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) takes these lines ten steps further in the telling of his new film Green Room. How far are you willing to go to get out of a bad situation? This slow-burner opens with an honest take on the Ain’t Rights, a young band consisting of Pat, Tiger, Sam and Reece struggling to make a way doing what they love traveling in their mini van and picking up gigs wherever and whenever they can.  After a busted opportunity, they are soon approached with silver lining in playing a show at a rowdy bar. The rowdy bar happens to be an overrun Neo-Nazi joint, and the band’s mentality is to rock out, pay out, and get out. Things go fairly as planned until member Pat accidentally stumbles upon a murder in the green room, and from there shit gets intense and never lets go.

Green Room is a hardcore, in-your-face, take no prisoners take on survival. It’s raw, unapologetic, and gruesome—told by a terrific storyteller and delivered the same by some solid talent in Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Imogen Poots, Joe Cole, Macon Blair, and Professor X Patrick Stewart in an absolute terrifying portrayal of skinhead leader Darcy.

As a fan of Blue Ruin, Saulnier comes back swinging in perfection as what is arguably his best film to date. And while Green Room is definitely not for the squeamish, it’s a damn bloody good time and a true nod to refreshing eye on Horror. And speaking of, it was good to see Yelchin and Poots working together again from their Fright Night remake days—their chemistry was organic, comical, and all around badass.

Green Room hits theaters everywhere nationwide this weekend, do yourself a treat and check out the debauchery.  And remember, you’ve been warned.


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