Review: Green Room
The Green room turns RedThe Geets (greats):
An interesting concept with an excellent execution for the most part. This movie becomes a reminder for why everyday human beings can become your worst nightmare. The concept is quite simplistic but this movie draws on more than just action and horror to elevate it to a worthy status.
A punk rock band accidentally witnesses murder at skinhead bar become targeted by the hosts. The setting, the ruthless aggression of the antagonists and the feelings of dread captivates the audience with the creation of isolation and inescapability. Once the murder is witnessed it becomes an adrenaline-rushing thriller of 'us-versus-them' situations. The filmmakers successfully captured the sense of hopelessness and terror for the band members once they become the prime target of a controversial group which outnumbers them.
I particularly appreciated Patrick Stewart's depiction of Darcy, the leader of the skinhead gang which runs the bar. He shows complexion to his character unlike his more explosive and aggressive gang members. On a more superficial level, the depiction of a skinhead is visualised as controversial in belief and tendency to aggressive acts against innocent people. They live and breathe violence, at the same time not showing emotional intelligence to control their feelings. Nevertheless, their leader (Darcy) shows a more calculated and focussed demeanour, with deep investment in thought processes. This qualities which are visually seen in every scene of his just goes to show the pure terror which hides inside his character.
The methodological ways that Darcy plots the death of the witnesses to the crime becomes more and more terrifying as the movie progresses making us even doubt if they will get out alive. There is something disturbingly interesting about his silences and non provocative nature that speaks volumes on a Horror-based Richter scale. I highly recommend watching this movie just for his performance.
The movie excellently depicts the strikingly contrasting environment of controversy as seen from the skinhead's eyes. The controversial music, darkened lights, the aggressive presence and the collective goal of destabilising societal norms all seek to intensify the terror of the setting. Now add an accidental sighting of murder and we've got a movie which amps us the fear and terror to new heights.
The disturbingly primal nature of human beings is depicted excellently in this film through notions of what lengths individuals of certain collective investment would go to keep 'balance' in society. This movie explores the delineation of a certain controversial faction from the superficial to the deeper humanistic nature and effectively 'blurs' the lines between both factions as the situation permits.
The Phads (bads):
While this movie achieves uniqueness and authenticity on a level that most Horror movies may not, it does however provide aspects of disbelief and further questions. At first, this movie does an excellent job of depicting human psychology and primal instincts on inter-species survival. However, towards the final act, the narrative loses pace and the violence and adrenaline rush is virtually non-existent. This affects the movie overall as I am left feeling robbed of that uniquely different experience which I felt throughout the majority of the film. The feeling of inescapability and dread died down and this diffused the effective creativity of terror within this film.
Additionally, some questionable decision making by Darcy and his members also left me dumbstruck as a viewer, once again making me doubt their credibility as a dangerous and controversial adversaries. At the end, I found myself not really rooting for anyone as both sides lacked the primal drive towards survival to exuberate conflicting emotions. Additionally, some poorly calculated decisions by the adversaries further reduced their threat and perceptions of terror, turning the final act into a somewhat laughable and 'empty' conclusion. Suspense is created and cemented as the narrative becomes progressively more horrific and psychologically terrifying, not the other way round. Sadly for me, this movie didn't sustain the suspense into the final act and I wonder if the critical acclaim and success of this film may be more from the controversial attraction towards the theme of the movie more than its horror.