director Jeremy Saulnier
viewed: 05/11/2016 at AMC Metreon 16, SF, CA
If writer/director Jeremy Saulnier didn’t get on your radar with his 2013 thriller Blue Ruin, there’s a good chance that he will with his latest, Green Room. It’s also an independent low-budget thriller, featuring Saulnier’s go-to actor Macon Blair, but it’s at least a good solid notch knocked above Blue Ruin, and Blue Ruin was a heck of a decent film.
Like Blue Ruin, I think the best advice is to just watch the movie and know as little ahead of time as you can. Let the story take its turns and twists and surprise you, snaking a unique path in what is generally a well-worn genre.
Green Room, if you haven’t just stopped reading and decided to add it to your “watchlist”, features Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, and Patrick Stewart in a story about a grass roots punk band that finds themselves at a gig in the boonies of Oregon, playing to a hardcore crowd whose hardcore is far more racist than punk. The band gets trapped in the “green room” and has to fight for their lives to escape the Nazi skinheads that run the joint.
A lot of people have noted that Saulnier manages to depict the world of low-rent punk touring with a deft realism rarely if ever captured on film. He also captures some pretty intense violence, also effectively handled, gaining impact without over-selling the blood and guts.
I think that the only question really is “What is Jeremy Saulnier going to do next?” Because like most who will see this film, that is the most relevant question. A rock solid movie.