Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, “Green Room” tells the story of a punk band, “The Ain’t Rights”, who witness a crime in a neo-Nazi venue and have to escape before they themselves are killed.
Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat and Sir Patrick Stewart as the leader of the Nazi gang, the film is a taut thriller with barely any fat on its frame. It doesn’t bother with backstory or creating deep characters, but simply presents its story, the circumstance serving as the main crux to build up your empathy.
It feels claustrophobic, adding to its unease and drama, as most of the action takes place in the “green room” in the club. The film also does a good job of building the stakes, as just when things get dire, the next scene somehow makes them worse.
While not particularly memorable, it is nevertheless an engaging gore fest, thrilling at times, funny at others (perhaps intentionally, perhaps not), and never dull.