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Blu-ray Review: Green Room

July 26, 2016

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Green Room Blu-rayStrapped for cash and forced to perform at a rural white supremacist bar in the backwoods of Orgeon, punk rockers Pat (Anton Yelchin) and Sam (Alia Shawkat) and the rest of their band become witnesses to a murder, and end up held captive by a group of skinheads trying to hide the evidence, under orders from their sadistic leader (Patrick Stewart).

Teaming up with fellow hostage Amber (Imogen Poots), who turns out to be on their side, they have to find a way to fight their way out of the room where they are imprisoned, using the limited resources at their disposal to go up against the blades, shotguns and attack dogs that are brutally unleashed upon them.  Yes, things do get bloody.

Although the punk rockers vs neo-Nazis narrative of Green Room might seem a little straightforward, the success of the film rests in the stylish execution.  First and foremost, the entire cast delivers solid work, including a quietly terrifying turn from Patrick Stewart, a kickass role for Imogen Poots, and a riveting performance from Anton Yelchin in what is sadly one of the young actor’s final roles following his tragic death.

Director Jeremy Saulnier shows a sure hand in building suspense right from the opening scene, and the cinematography does an excellent job of plunging us into the grit and claustrophobia of the film’s mostly contained setting.  The result is a nasty and often chilling little thriller that gets the job done and never lets up, mixing grisly violence and incredible tension to offer a gripping dose of genre thrills.  And the last scene is pretty damn awesome.

The Blu-ray also includes commentary with Jeremy Saulnier and a solid “making of” featurette.

Green Room is a D Films release.  It’s 95 minutes and rated 18A.

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