• James Rutherford

'Green Room': A Dynamic and Enthralling Thriller About a Punk Rock Band Struggling for Survival


Movie poster for the film Green Room starring Anton Yelchin, Joe Cole, Alia Shawkat and Callum Turner

'Green Room' is a dynamic and utterly enthralling horror-thriller about a young punk quartet called “The Ain’t Rights” (Anton Yelchin, Joe Cole, Alia Shawkat and Callum Turner) touring the Pacific Northwest, barely scraping by, and forced to trek to a remote music hall in the Oregon woods to perform to a houseful of volatile and aggressive Neo-Nazis.

Backstage after their set, the band inadvertently stumbles upon a murder scene within the titular green room, setting off a volatile scramble to barricade themselves against the murderous members of an alt-right brotherhood overseen by Patrick Stewart (truly inspired casting) at his menacing best.

Building on his previous success with Blue Ruin, writer/director Jeremy Saulnier has crafted a twistedly enjoyable and remarkably well-crafted nail-biter with this one. It’s a wicked brew of fear, claustrophobia, violence and revenge that’s certainly not primed for family viewing, but it’s so finely drawn out, the characters all so well-defined and the direction so spot-on every step of the way—it’s an immensely pleasurable viewing experience.

 

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