Captain Picard And His Merry Band of Neo-Nazis.)
Release Date: June 28th.
Written by: Jeremy Saulnier.
Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier.
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair and Mark Webber.
Back in 2014, we were impressed by Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin (review HERE); a grim and brutal story of revenge, and the effects that violence has on people, both good and bad.
As effective and well-made as Blue Ruin was, the writer/director has definitely stepped up his game with Green Room; a tight and taut, and ultra-violent Thriller that's one of the best movies that we've seen in 2016 so far.
|"FUCK YOU, VIOLENT, HATE-FILLED AUDIENCE!"|
|YOU'VE ONLY GOT ONLY SIX BULLETS, SO MAKE THEM COUNT.|
|CAPTAIN PICARD DON'T PLAY.|
Green Room is a well-crafted movie from top to bottom. Jeremy Saulnier knows how to do intensity better than most. He's also is a director who sets himself limits and sticks with them, which is why his movies tend to be so structurally sound. Everything is played rather straight-forward in Green Room: A band full of regular kids stumbles into a bad situation where they see something that they shouldn't have, and then the people behind said act spend the rest of the movie trying to kill them, so as to cover their asses. There's not a ton of twists and turns throughout this one, instead it's more like "Sorry guys, we love your music and all, but you've got to go. You understand, right?" And that's why Green Room was such an intense watch for us; it felt like something that could actually happen.
The cast is solid as well. With his passing a little over a week ago, it was odd watching Anton Yelchin in the lead role. He was great as usual, but man did it smart to think that he died so young as we watched him do his thing. He was a talented kid, and it just sucks that he isn't here anymore. Patrick Stewart made a great bad guy, even if he didn't get all that much screen time. Imogen Poots played the part of a frazzled punker chick to a T, and at least she got plenty of screen time to work with. And that Macon Blair guy... he was great in Blue Ruin, and he made for a suitably sympathetic presence in this one. He needs to be in more movies.
|DAMN HE WAS TALENTED.|
|ALL PIBBLES REALLY WANT IS SOMEONE TO CUDDLE WITH.|
|"NO, IT WAS NOT MANDY BY BARRY MANILOW!"|
|HE REALLY ENJOYED THEIR MUSIC.|
|THAT HAIRCUT THOUGH...|
|WE ALSO LEARNED THAT MACON BLAIR NEEDS TO BE IN MORE MOVIES.|
Now that it's out on VOD, you should really give it a rent.
Green Room is available now on VOD, and on Blu-ray & DVD on July 12th.
Imogen Poots is a world class QT.