Green Room

Green Room

(2015)

One way in. No way out.

The director of cult hit Blue Ruin casts Patrick Stewart as a ruthless neo-Nazi in this confined-space thriller, targeting an innocent indie punk band who saw something they can't unsee.... More

Down on their luck rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see.

Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.Hide

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Punk rock and horror should go hand-in-hand – both need to be loud, fast and resolutely NSFW – but often the results are embarrassing. Just as writer/director Jeremy Saulnier brought humanity back to the revenge flick in 2013's Blue Ruin, here he brings proper scares and smarts to the punk-horror subgenre.... More

Fabulously named band the Ain't Rights (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber and Joe Cole) tour America in their shitty van, stealing petrol and sleeping on fans' floors. When they head off to play a backwoods bar populated by skinheads it is, predictably, depressing. Though Saulnier does unearth one moment of beauty amid the endless grime: a blissed out, slo-mo shot of the crowd moshing, making them look both elegant and idiotic all at once – which is surely part of the appeal.

Backstage it's a different story. A female fan's just been murdered in the epnoymous Green Room, and the Ain't Rights soon find themselves locked in with her, local girl Imogen Poots and thug Eric Edelstein, as the local big bad Patrick Stewart and his goons wait outside – a sweaty stalemate.

What follows is essentially a savage little siege movie, but one that's filled with convincing character details. Stewart instructs his heavies: “Blades only, sloppy is fine, try not to hit the bone”; allegiances switch as the tension mounts; and one character's blood loss leads, as well it might, to a kind of stoned rapture. When it's not knuckle-white with implied violence, Green Room is also great fun, something those moshers understand too well.Hide


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BY BHaldane lister

Ok, maybe that's a not so subtle spoiler. This we gem is not for the squeamish, but I guess the beauty of cinema is you can always look away (then risk a look back). Its a simple story, tightly told and consistently great performances throughout, especially Macon Blair. If you're looking for the love child of the 'The Warriors' (1979), then I reckon you've found it!


BY KennethP91 superstar

Driven by desperation, a punk rock band accepted a gig in a Neo-Nazi occupied bar. But when one of them accidentally witnessed a horrific crime, chaos ensued as the band tries to fight off a group of maniacal skinheads.

Easily the best thing about this movie is Patrick Stewart. We often see him as the wheelchair riding leader of the Superhero group The X-Men. However to see him walking around in this movie is a breath of fresh air. Without a doubt the movie’s greatest strength is his acting.... More His calm and collected yet menacingly intimidating nature resonates through out the movie and it’s great.

The recently deceased Anton Yelchin leads the band and he’s decent. He makes you want to root for him and his band. Most of the time they make smart decisions and that truly differentiates this from your typical teenagers in trouble movie.

There’s very little to complain about this movie apart from some scenes that were a little unbelievable.

Overall Green Room is a solid thriller through and through. The gore and violence are brutal and very realistic. The story is simple and straightforward but it’s good enough to deliver a strong thriller. If you’re not a fan of violence and gore, this won’t be for you, but if you are a fan and someone that enjoyed thrillers such as Purge, The Strangers, The Collector etc. Green Room is highly recommended.Hide


This is a really good film. Sets up its characters well, then sneakily drops you right into a full-on assault with some great surprises and gross-outs. Putting aside a few plot mechanics that don't quite gel, this is highly recommended.


BY HDMF nobody

I'd been looking forward to this film for ages and was not disappointed. I'm not big on scary films but this was easily the best horror film I've seen in a long time. Definitely see it in the cinema


BY RealityCheck superstar

Green Room
Much like ‘Cube’ ‘Oldboy’ ‘Saw’ (series), ’Shallow Grave’, ‘Room’ and other trapped films, this deals with the “who will survive” thriller film. Good, but not great. Oh, I’ll admit it kept me not he edge of my seat a few times, even made me jump a bit, but lacked a big push. Awesome to see Captain Picard and Checkoff in the same movie!
Genre : Action, thriller, horror
4/5 : Good film, but there’s no real surprises in the story, but still pretty cool


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91% of critics recommend.
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  • Characterization and emotional investment are in disappointingly short supply, while crucial tension is permitted to dissipate in an anti-climactic final third. Full Review

  • It's all put together with great skill, but never quite manages to deliver more than its modest, stripped-back story will allow. Full Review

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