Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Green Room Review

Bloody hell, this one has been a long time coming. I was lucky enough to catch Green Room in October of last year, but now it is finally released to you all. Make sure you go see it! Especially if you saw and loved director Jeremy Saulnier's last film Blue Ruin (which is on UK Netflix right now!). But even if you didn't, Green Room is well worth your attention. It's got punk, it's got Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat AND AND AND Macon Blair, the lead actor in Saulnier's Blue Ruin. More to the point, if you like siege movies, this is as tense, violent and gripping as they come!

Here's a snippet of my review:

Punk band Ain't Rights are going nowhere fast, playing crappy gigs and siphoning petrol just to keep their clapped-out tour van running. After an interview with a local journalist and a disappointing take from their latest gig, they hear of a backwoods gig where they can make some quick and easy cash. The only rub is the clientele at the venue are far right (or are they extreme left?) nutters and the Ain't Rights don't help matters by opening with a cover of The Dead Kennedy’s Nazi Punks.

However, the poop really hits the fan when they witness a murder backstage in the green room and find themselves trapped in the venue by those who don't want them to get out alive. Led by Patrick Stewart's gang leader and venue owner, an army of skinhead 'red laces' are soon lining up to pick off the band members of Ain't Rights one by one.

Forget Assault on Precinct 13, at least the victims in that had a whole police station to hide in. In Green Room, it's literally just that. One room. The claustrophobia is palpable, particularly as one of the Nazi thugs is trapped in the room with the band. Saulnier builds the tension gradually with plenty of time to get to know the characters before any blood spills.

Read more of this Green Room review at Starburst Magazine. Do it now, do it right now!!!

Here's the trailer:

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Son of Saul

Louder Than Bombs

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