Review: Green Room

Source: The AV Club

Masterfully crafted with raw flair and an unwavering sense of scope, ‘Green Room’ is a calculated film that begins brilliantly but slowly loses momentum. With beautifully choreographed shots and imagery, this film discusses the presence of disturbingly violent ideologies within ordinary societies and in opposition to ordinary people. From a storytelling perspective this provides the film with the ability to create tense, graphic sequences that devour innocence but also allows it to be slightly lazy in the sense that it’s characters do not need arcs or individual identities. They are supposed to mirror the viewer’s sense of anxiety and mentality, and are therefore largely underdeveloped. Instead, they work incredibly well when they act as a group, as a representative of a trapped, normal community. But as the film develops this is not sustained, ultimately leading to an anti-climatic, though arguably realistic and honest, ending, where the directors vision interrupts the film’s suspense and pay-off. Even with such characters, the cast is exemplary, especially Patrick Stewart, who doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but carries one of the few characters with individual quirks and personality. Darcy is callous and emits terror with his striking dialogue, all of which Stewart excels with. It’s just a shame the villain doesn’t really get an impacting finale. 4/5