At the start of the film, a series of mishaps leads a punk rock band to accept a gig at a secluded white supremacist bar, where one of the band members witnesses the aftermath of a murder. The band members are locked in a room with a hulking, armed neo-Nazi guarding them. The band turns the tables on the guard and a deadly, brutal cat-and-mouse game ensues with lethal results.
The violence is brutal, pervasive and meant to be visceral and disturbing. In particular, the neo-Nazis turn a vicious pit bull on one of the members of the band; the camera does not shy away from showing the dogs ripping the band member to shreds.
Much like Jeremy Saulnier’s previous effort, Blue Ruin, Green Room deals with the real-world violence and and the effect that it has on people who are in way over their heads. Green Room ups the ante with an onslaught of brutality that is hard to watch at times. The strength of the film is that real-world violence is not sanitized nor glorified; the violence is shown to be truly what it is: ugly, vicious and permanently life-altering.
The film stars Anton Yelchin (in one of his final roles), Alia Shawkat, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart. Stewart is particularly compelling as the leader of the white supremacists. He gives an understated, but chilling performance as a man who casually orders the vicious deaths of those who might expose his criminal enterprise.
Worth a look for the compelling story and the strength of the lead actors.
Skip it if unsettling violence bothers you.
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