After seeing the trailer for Green Room some time ago, I knew it was one of the movies I had to see this year. So here we are with a Blu-ray review copy of the film Green Room, starring Anton Yelchin who sadly died recently, and the always great Patrick Stewart in a well-crafted thriller that’s not for those easily scared or grossed out.
The simple enough plot follows the members of a hardcore band called The Ain’t Rights made up of Pat (played by the late and great Anton Yelchin), Tiger (Callum Turner), Reece (Joe Cole), and Sam (Alia Shawkat). While they love what they do, being broke constantly leads to them agreeing to do one last gig, playing at a club just outside of Portland. When they arrive, they quickly learn it’s a hangout spot for white-supremacist members, much to their dismay. But Pat decides to have some fun with it and play a certain Dead Kennedys song the supremacists don’t care for.
As they get ready to pack things up, the guys witness a terrible murder and end up meeting with the dead person’s girlfriend named Amber (Imogen Poots). The club owner named Darcy (played chillingly by Patrick Stewart) doesn’t take chances and gathers some of his best members to hunt and kill the band and Amber who are hiding out in the titular green room and will have to fight for their lives.
If you’ve seen the trailer or any brutal thriller, you already know what follows is a highly intense, violent film that’s made even more frightening by the fact they’re trapped in a claustrophobic room that makes the viewer feel trapped in there with them. I haven’t felt this way seeing some people trapped in a grimy place like this since viewing Wolfgang Petersen’s infamous Das Boot a few years ago. Director Jeremy Saulnier does a fantastic job capturing this as the equally amazing cast play out their roles with a great sense of realism, which makes one think just how great Anton Yelchin might have went on to be had he not passed away.
The high-definition transfer looks and sounds fantastic, as every gory and intense detail comes through perfectly. After the violence settles down, you can take a look at the special features presented here, such as audio commentary by writer/director Jeremy Saulnier who talks about how he came up with the film and what went into making the scenes and more. There’s also a featurette that goes behind the scenes of making the movie along with cast and crew interviews.
If you’re looking for a dark, disturbing thriller that grabs you and doesn’t let go until the very end, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Green Room. Featuring a great and believable cast, and plenty of intense violence that borders on dark humor, those who watch might just find themselves locked in this room’s chilling charms.