Green Room – Hardcore Tension

Indeed, reality is much more frightening then fiction. Although Green Room is fiction, the villain (played by the legendary Patrick Stewart), the setting and the violence that ensues are quiet, believable and unsettling. Ordinary, even.  The quietness is the perfect juxtaposition to the culture and extreme noise of hardcore punk. Anyone who has gone to a crusty punk show in a rusty tin can of a venue is familiar with the gritty, grime covered atmosphere. The Green Room itself is the embodiment of this, a tomb to previous musicians that played in the past, vandalized with stickers and etchings of band names and inside jokes. Truly, it is the perfect setting for something terrible to happen.  To up the ante the venue is a neo-nazi skinhead bar. Enter a few starving musicians, who will play anywhere – anywhere – to make a few bucks. This is one of the most original thrillers I have seen, combining a very believable set of circumstances, and unfortunately a very believable cast of characters. The ordinary, every day nature of the main characters just trying to get by are naturally easy to feel empathy for. After all, we all remember when we were young and desperately needed to make a few bucks to pay rent. It is was easy for me to imagine myself in the same terrible circumstances. Director Jeremy Saulnier creates an atmosphere of quiet dread. The cast and acting are amazing, from Anton Yelchin, Alia shawkat and an unrecognizable Imogen Poots sporting a Chelsea Cut. And of course the amazing Patrick Stewart. The cinematography is completely on point – dark and dingy with a greenish tint. This is a film that is best watched knowing little about it, and instead just be immersed. I heartily recommend.

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4 thoughts on “Green Room – Hardcore Tension

  1. I did exactly as you suggest your readers do and watched it without knowing anything about it and was blown away completely. I was not ready for what I saw. Such a great film. Nice writeup too, do you feature your writing with any other sites at all?

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