Green Room has already gotten the most amazing reviews – and here is yet another one!

Green Room posterThe plot of Green Room is so simple and yet so scary. It’s the old “wrong place at the wrong time” situation, but in this particular case, it just has very serious consequenses. Really, it could happen to anyone, but it turns out several things actually had to go wrong for things to end up as badly as it’s the case in Green Room.

If you’ve heard anything about this movie, it’s probably about how brilliant Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier in X-Men) is. And he really is. Especially because he’s the bad guy. But Patrick Stewart is excellent at seeming like the perfect gentlemen even while he’s saying the most terrible things. Really, his portrayal of Darcy in Green Room is a reminder of how every cold-hearted politician or CEO works.

And no, I’m actually not thinking of Trump in this case, because while Trump is the kind of person, who screams his head off and couldn’t stay on script to save his life, then Darcy is calm and collected. Sure, he can get annoyed and it’s clear when that happens. But he’s so damn level headed, you can’t help but think he would be the perfect spin doctor to save any situation.

Green Room review - Patrick Stewart

However, please don’t think that this is some “Tour de Force” for Stewart. He’s actually just a supporting actor in Green Room. His character however, is very much at the heart of the plot. Still, this is simply because everyone either loves or respects him – most do both.



A perfect cast is the key to success for Green Room

The lead characters in this movie are portrayed by the late Anton Yelchin (known from the current Star Trek movies) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) along with especially Alia Shawkat (The Final Girls) in a key role. This is actually the second collaboration for Yelchin and Poots, since they also starred together in the Fright Night remake. As with any horror thriller that takes place in the same few locations, the cast is all important. In Green Room the cast is the reason the movie works.

Green Room review - starring Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat

Obviously, I’m not saying they’re the only reason it works, because actors can’t do much without a decent plot. The script for Green Room was written by Jeremy Saulnier, who also directed the movie. Saulnier first made a name for himself with Blue Ruin in 2014. The movie was nominated for many awards and even won a few – including one at Cannes Film Festival.

Green Room review - starring Imogen Poots

Green Room hasn’t been nominated for as many awards, but it has still won quite a few and reached a much wider audience than Blue Ruin ever did. While there’s a lot a political ideologies at the heart of the story, it’s not really important to the plot. The conflict is within the community and this means that while it’s uncomfortable – to me anyway – to witness the hardness of any radical or fanatical group of people, I liked this detail. It would been easy to make the conflict between black and white, when we’re dealing with right wing extremist. The more interesting – and intelligent – angle is to keep it within their own ranks.

In effect, Green Room opens up the curtains and allows us to witness a very unfortunate group of friends, who just end up in a very bad situation. And by “bad” I mean very violent and uncomfortable… for the viewer as well.

Green Room is out on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD now.

Details

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Writer: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast:  Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Joe Cole, Patrick Stewart

Plot

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Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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