Monday, May 2, 2016

Green Room

Frequently fiction shines a light on covering up a crime. More often than not, murder is found to be the best solution. (Unfortunately some people have found that to be the case in real life.) But what small misdeed could motivate such a horrible act?

Some do it to hide financial woes, others to balance out their messy double lives. As Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room shows in gruesome detail, murder is used as a means to eliminate witnesses. It's cruel solution to an already cruel (and sometimes senseless) deed but who could be cruel enough to do such a thing?

There are those who do what they do because they were coerced, and there are those who did those things out of a sense of duty. Green Room shows both types of people (the latter more so) in its grim viewpoint. (Sometimes the line starts to blur, making it all the more unnerving.)\

Green Room also displays a sense of nihilism not seen since perhaps Fight Club. But in contrast to David Fincher's cult film, Saulnier's film shows resistance towards the anarchy. (It doesn't say a lot there but that is the case.)

Green Room is a film of a deeply visceral nature. Indeed many scenes are meant to shock its audience (this is definitely not for the faint of heart), something only a few filmmakers are willing to do. Saulnier by the way has a promising career ahead of him.

My Rating: ****

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