The point is, that as much as we like Eli Roth and his work, he gets an awful lot of credit for directing three movies, and producing some halfway decent TV Shows, and other movies.
So heading into The Green Inferno, we had high expectations. Not only is it Roth's first directorial effort in six years, but it's a mainstream cannibal movie that somehow managed to get an American theatrical release. For us, this movie was to be Eli Roth's return to form, and for the most part, it was.
*We also really hope that there will be some extensive Behind the Scenes material on the Blu-ray, as what the cast and crew went through while making The Green Inferno is every bit as compelling as the movie itself, and in some ways, even moreso.
|"OMG THOSE POOR TREES!"|
|SHE'S BEEN AWAY FROM HER iPHONE FOR 3 DAYS NOW, AND THE PANIC IS FINALLY SETTING IN.|
They probably should have just stayed home and protested on Twitter.
|...AND THAT'S WHAT YOU GET!|
There's no shortage of disgusting action in this movie, although it does take about 40 minutes for it to begin. The first kill, the diarrhea, what was in those bowls... the squeamish will definitely squeam during this one. It could have pushed the boundaries a bit more, but it was nasty enough, overall.
|"WHY ARE WE EVEN HERE!"|
- First off, we live in a country where everyone is keen to take a stand on just about any hot button issue that comes along, even if they have no idea what they're rallying against. Most of this SJW (Social Justice Warrior) outrage takes place on the Twitters and the Reddits of the Internet, which doesn't really do much real world good, but leaves people feeling like they've done something brave and strong, inbetween filing reports at work, or watching cat videos on YouTube.
- Second, and maybe even more relevant, is the fact that so many "privileged" Americans are very quick to jump into the affairs of other countries as if its their right to tell other civilizations how to live. It's an entitlement thing, and it's maddening.
Now, people standing up against injustice is a great and necessary thing. With the advent of the Internet, people all over the world have a unified voice, and that voice can help bring about change, at least in some ways. Eli Roth is right though in his assessment of online SJW culture, and how people are overly-anxious to jump on the bandwagon of just about any cause, simply because its easy to yell "That's not right! It has to change!" from behind their computer screens, rather than get off their asses and actually help to change things for the better.
At least the kids in this movie did get off their asses and try to do actually something, even if they had no idea what they were getting themselves into (on multiple levels), and ended up dying for something that they probably weren't ready to give their lives for.
|"THIS NEVER HAPPENED WHEN I PROTESTED KONY!"|
For a cannibal movie, it was a little light on the gore. Make no mistake, the movie is pretty gory and nasty, but it really should have ramped up that nastiness a bit. After all, it's not like you're going to offend anyone who is paying to see a cannibal movie with more blood, violence, and gut munching. After the first kill, it seemed like the violence was dialed way back.
We were also a bit letdown by the end of the movie. It was a bit muddled and confused, and it left off with a tease for a potential sequel, which just felt odd.
|WHAT IS SHE WINKING AT?|
For now though, it you like cannibal movies with a liberal sense of black humor, then go see The Green Inferno. Or maybe wait for it to hit VOD or Blu-ray. Either way.
The Green Inferno is in Limited Theaters now.
Kirby Bliss Blanton went out like a champ in this movie, and she looked great while doing so. Lorena Izzo was no slouch either.