The Movie: 7.5/10
No Jean Luc, NOOOOo!! OK, I got that out of my system.
Green Room is dark and creepy and I loved it. A band gets a gig at a white supremacist shindig and then bad stuff happens. Are we shocked by this? No.
I’m in. I’m all in on this one. I buy the poor down trodden SKA/Punk band struggling on their self-proclaimed tour. They steal gas and eat crappy food and sleep wherever they can. They seem a bit contrived at times, but the individual characters came into their own pretty quickly and I was along for the ride, literally.
Once we meet the skinhead Nazis the tension begins, are you surprised? This is one of those sneaky, back woods “events” for their movement. In other words, a party where they all get shit faced and wallow in their idiot philosophies. The band is so far removed from the danger of the situation that they do a song that literally says something along the lines of “F*** Nazis” so they don’t get off to a great start. As they are ushered back to the “green room”, the place all bands/talent/show folks wait to do their act in a venue, the bad thing happens. It’s pretty much downhill from this point.
This is a genre flick, but I’m not sure what it’s called. I say “Hostage Horror” would fit the story. A group of people trapped by the bad guys and the only way out is through a lot of blood, guts, and heroics. If one or more live through it all, well, that is different for each movie. For Green Room you just have to watch to see if anyone escapes the horror of Jean Luc’s “movement”.
The gore is present and accounted for, but it’s not too over the top. It’s gore for fear’s sake and that makes it work. I am terrified that I will also get attacked by one of the vicious dogs, not because I am afraid of dogs, but it’s sooooooo gross and bloody, ick! The music is right for every scene. We get directed emotionally sometimes, which is fine, and sometimes we get charged up by the hopelessness of it all and the music goes down that scary hallway with us.
The cast is amazing. You can guess that Stewart Patrick is in this, my clever Jean Luc references should have clued you in. He is scary as shit! He stays calm and creepy and I am convinced that he is the real boogie man. I can say that not one single person didn’t convince me of who their character was supposed to be. There is a bit of play acting in the front end, but it levels out and they are all well-rounded, even if we don’t know much about them, we get who they are and they each stand out from the crowd. It can be easy for this kind of claustrophobic flick to have those duds in the background just for effect, but no one here is just filler.
Overall I highly recommend Green Room IF you like movies with some grit and gore and blood and more gore, and several moments when you go “YIKES!!” and recoil into your chair at the horrific offerings of movies that don’t just sit there and make you happy.
- Into The Pit: Making Green Room (10 Minutes) – An EPK style making of featurette that shows the actors playing music for real in the process of making the film. Not much here to dig into the commentary more than makes up for that though.
- Audio Commentary With Writer/Director – A very fun, very informative director commentary that highlights casting, shooting on location, music and special effects. This is really worth a listen if you are a fan of the film.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
This movie is so much better than the cover. I wouldn’t have this as a poster, but I would have some other image from the movie on my wall. Maybe the band’s flyer they make for their tour.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Green Room comes to Blu-Ray courtesy of lionsgate and a wonderful 1080P 2.40:1 transfer. The film has a great look to it to start with and the HD presentation makes you appreciate it even more. Detail is razor-sharp throughout and the practical gore effects used look wonderful in HD. If I had a complaint its the over use of the green filter sometimes it looks like you stepped into the Matrix. I saw no signs of banding during the smoky scenes and no macro-blocking as to be expected on a new HD release.
Being a film about a band Green Room comes with a LOUD DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix that really comes alive when music is playing. This is a very intense film and every shotgun blast/machete kill comes across wonderfully in serious surround. Dialogue is clear and central except some of the actors get a bit mumbly at times you can always turn on the provided subtitles if you are having trouble hearing them.
Overall Score 7.5/10