Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Green Room

Rated R; 95 minutes; $24.99; Amazon

Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the gritty thriller Green Room. Written & directed by Jeremy Sauliner, the film stars the late Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner and Patrick Stewart.

Green Room centers on a small punk band called The Ain't Rights (Pat (played by Anton Yelchin), Sam (played by Alia Shawkat), Reece (played by Joe Cole) and Tiger (played by Callum Turner)), taking a gig at a bar outside of  Portland. The band is used to playing to rough crowds, but this bar is full of a neo-Nazi skinhead, making it a little difficult to finish their set of songs.

After they exit the stage, the band is in a hurry to leave the bar, but the unexpected happens when Sam goes back to the green room to get her phone. There she finds the body of a young woman on the floor with a knife sticking out of her head.

Not wanting the police to get involved, the bouncers, Gabe and Big Justin (played by Macon Blair and Eric Edelstein), won't let the band members leave the bar. Gabe informs the bar's owner, Darcy Banker (played by Patrick Stewart), of the situation, who immediately takes action by closing the bar down for the night.

Locked in the green room with the other witness, Amber (played by Imogen Poots), the band is forced to fight for their lives when Darcy unleashes his henchman and dogs upon them, in the attempt to clean up the situation.

Specials Features on the Blu-ray includes "Into The Pit: Making Green Room" Featurette and Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier.

Final Thoughts: I have heard a lot good buzz about Green Room prior to receiving a Blu-ray copy from Lionsgate last month. Originally, I thought it was a horror flick, but it's actually just a bloody thriller. And when I say bloody, I really mean it as there's plenty of gore.

The plot is pretty simple with the band witnessing a murder, but there is a twist that involves them being locked up in the bar and they must fight for survival against the bar's owner and his henchmen. All of the acting is topnotch, though Patrick Stewart performance as the villain stands out the most.

Overall, the Green Room is a well-crafted, gritty thriller that never disappoints; though it might be a little too violent for some viewers, I personally enjoyed watching the film.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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