green room | jeremy saulnier | anton yelchin | imogen poots | alia shawkat | crime | thriller | united states | neo-nazi | neo nazi | nazi | murder | death | joe cole | callum turner | david w. thompson | mark webber | patrick stewart | macon blair | eric edelstein
Film: Green Room
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Writer: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Alia Shawkat
This film begins inside of a van. We learn that it has crashed into a cornfield, because the driver fell asleep at the wheel the night before. The band is made up of Anton Yelchin, Joe Cole, Alia Shawkat and Callum Turner. The engine was never turned off so they are out of gas. Yelchin and Shawkat take out a bike to ride to an ice skating rink nearby. We see that they are going to siphon gas. They then hit the road again.
They go a city where they are given keys to a place by David W. Thompson. He is allowing them to stay at his place while he goes to work. They drink and listen to music. Thompson knocks at the door the following morning and interviews the band. He tells them about a gig in town they can play. The problem is that it isn’t his normal venue, as the last show didn’t go well.
The band plays and this gig doesn’t either. They are not given much money and it looks like they might have to call of the tour. Thompson tells them about a show they could play at. It’s close to DC and his cousin goes to the bar and works around it. They decide to take him up on the offer.
They arrive and it is a Neo-Nazi bar. Thompson’s cousin is played Mark Webber. He is pretty mean to the band and they really don’t take his shit either. They meet Macon Blair, who is helping them set-up. They are taken inside to the green room, where they can hang out. Yelchin inside decides that they should play a song by the Dead Kennedy’s that is offensive to Nazi punks. It doesn’t go over well when they start their set.
When they are done, they find that the headlining group has already moved into the green room and their stuff is in the hall. Eric Edelstein tells them to grab their gear and he will lead them out. Shawkat realizes that her phone was still in the room and goes for it. Yelchin tells her he will get it. When he does though, he walks in on a murder.
Yelchin tries to flee and call the police, but he is stopped. Edelstein is mad that he didn’t do as he was told and Blair takes the phone. The band is taken back into the green room while the other band heads out to play their set. The police call back and Blair handles it, by telling them there was a stabbing and setting up another crime to cover what they did.
Edelstein pulls out a gun, locks the door and keeps the band in the room. Also in there is Imogen Poots. She was hanging out with the woman who was murder; she was played by Taylor Tunes. We see earlier that Tunes is dating Webber.
The plan doesn’t go over as the men at the bar thought. The boss, played by Patrick Stewart, is called in to clean everything up. Edelstein is overtaken and his gun is now in the hands of Shawkat.
We see that the Neo-Nazis intend to murder them, all the while telling them that they are going to let them go. Can the band get out of this green room and bar to safety before it is too late? Or will they be murdered and this all cleaned up. Stewart is hiding a secret under the bar and the murder of Tunes is being kept from Webber. How will this all play out?
Now I had seen a trailer for this film when I was at the theater and I thought it looked good. I had completely forgotten about it when my sister recommended it to me as well as a couple of podcasts I like to listen to. I have to say that I’m glad I saw this. Story is the biggest thing for me and it draws me in. With this film, the story is quite basic. Yelchin walks in, sees a woman has been murdered and because of this, they can’t let them leave now. We have a group of people who probably have been in a fight before, but dealing with people this dangerous is new. What I like about a story like this, is we see can these people rise to the occasion or will they perish. It makes you think what you would do if you were in this time of situation. To go from that, I love that band members don’t make the best decisions, which made this more realistic to me. The ending was satisfying way to end this as well.
I was a big fan of the acting in this film. Yelchin is someone that I’ve really liked and will normally see anything he has been in. It is sad that he passed away, because I felt that he is one of the better actors who weren’t given a lot of leading roles for some reason. I also am a big fan of Poots. She is another one that I haven’t been disappointed when I’ve seen her in things and she was solid in this film. I’m also becoming a big fan of Shawkat. The more I see her in, the more I like her. She is great for horror films, because she has a quirky sense of humor that enhances a film and her delivery is great. I also thought that the Nazis were all solid as well. I liked Stewart, because he definitely makes a great villain. He always seems to be two steps ahead of everyone and it might be his accent. I did find him a little out of place in his role, but it doesn’t ruin the film for me.
The effects in this film were great. The gore had me squirm and I’m glad that most of it, if not all, was done with practical effects. It looked so real and I was impressed. I like that they didn’t go over the top with it either so it is more believable. I thought the editing of the film was really good. The film gets into it and doesn’t really lag at any point. The feeling of dread you get even when they nothing is going on was good and they are constantly trying to find a new way out of the situation. The sound of the film was something I liked too. Part of it they are using the band playing to mask what they are doing, then other things that are loud as well. I thought that was a good touch.
Now with that said, I would recommend seeing this film. The story isn’t too complex, but it didn’t need to be. It is a survival film of people who aren’t that much different than us and seeing what they would do in a situation like this. I thought the ending was satisfying as well. I think the film was acted well. The effects were great. When you get gore, it is pretty intense, but there’s not a lot of it so keep that in mind. The pacing of the film was good. The soundtrack definitely helps set the mood as well. I would definitely recommend this film as I was very impressed.
My Rating: 9 out of 10