A punk band short on cash perform at a Nazi joint, see something they weren’t supposed to see, and find themselves trapped. A very bloody, suspenseful thriller with believable characters and cleverly devised action sequences in a closed space.
Jeremy Saulnier’s noir thriller BLUE RUIN caused quite a stir in the indie genre film landscape two years ago. Here was a film that consisted of two pages of dialogue at most with a melancholy outsider as a hero and a sequence of scenes that were as consistent as Jean-Pierre Melville’s greatest noir films of the 70s. Saulnier’s new thriller GREEN ROOM retains the consistency as well as the ominous atmosphere. After a punk band’s gig falls through, the down-and-out troupe needs money to continue travelling. Their “promoter,” a fashion punk with a colorful Mohawk, gets them a replacement gig in a somewhat problematic venue: a skinhead club outside of Portland with mostly Nazis in it. The band begins their performance with the Dead Kennedy’s classic “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” and the atmosphere isn’t very good. That changes by the end of the gig and all that’s left to do is get the cash and leave but then the band sees something they weren’t meant to see and find themselves trapped with a huge, armed Nazi watchdog, two skinhead girls, and a corpse in the GREEN ROOM. They can’t leave and the Nazis outside can enter without much of a problem. Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard) playing the ruthless head Nazi and Saulnier’s shy superstar Macon Blair playing his adjutant keep heightening the stakes with no regard for their own. A very bloody, tense thriller with believable characters and virtuoso action in a closed space. Tarantino was a fan which comes as no surprise. Saulnier’s films are as exciting as Tarantino’s were 20 years ago.
Translation: Elinor Lewy
USA 2015, 96 min
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Author: Jeremy Saulnier
DOP: Sean Porter
Montage: Julia Bloch
Music: Brooke Blair
Distributor: Universum Film
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart
- OV Original version
- OmU Original with German subtitles
- OmeU Original with English subtitles
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