GREEN ROOM (2015)
A film by Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat
Here is a simple premise, failing punk rock band The Ain’t Rights, featuring Tiger (Callum Turner), guitarist Sam (Alia Shawkat), bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin), and drummer Reece (Joe Cole), get stiffed on a gig but are marked to another one down in Portland. Once they get there they quickly come to realize that much of the rowdy, bald-headed clientele are neo-Nazi skinheads, ouch that is going to hurt and yes it did. Once the band has finished they decided to clear out but Pat has left her cell phone to charge in this room. Whence of the band member decided to get it for her he is witness of something he should of seen.
Like Blue Ruin (2013), Saulnier’s script has the tension that is rising slowly to an almost unbearable and uncomfortable level. When Patrick Stewart arrives as the skinheads’ leader, Darcy, who has an authority tone in his voice only makes the situation more intense. It is not long after that blood will be spill and people will die. The violence will start to build up follow by more tension. Saulnier is on familiar ground and he is mastering this genre of film. The film is also claustrophobic at time. Steward is on the top of his game here with a terrific and deadly performance. The film does not miss the deadly ground of Assault on Precinct 13 and Southern Comfort. And trust me when I say that you are going to need a whiskey after this film.