A movie about a group of White Supremacists VS a Punk Rock band equals tension, great soundtrack, gore and also a bit of fun!
Green Room had its premiere on May 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival (so close but yet so far!) and after making a lot of good noise was released for the general public here of the UK in May one year later. First thing I like to make sure you know is that the poster (looks familiar right?), is an intentional tribute to
The Clash’s London Calling album cover but instead of Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar, you have one of the actors brandishing a machete... how cool is that!?
Green Room is about a small time Punk Rock band called The Ain’t Rights that lands a pretty lucrative gig in a NeoNazi club at the end of their not successful tour, which I guess they think is ok to take because they are white… Mmkey... At the end of an incredibly triumphant set the band is witness to a murder and as you can imagine the skinheads are not too happy about it. What follows is a cat and mouse game, mind-fuck strategy and a few things that left me a bit perplexed – not sure if because I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, something got lost in translation or maybe just the director wanted to leave some questions unanswered.
Both lead and support cast did a great job, Sir Patrick Stewart is perfect as a menacing, eerie and well spoken bad guy, Imogen Poots’ portrait of a hillbilly Fascist was spot on and she killed it with that hairdo, the warehouse setting helped with keeping the feeling gritty and real. The band members are all pretty well known faces in Tinseltown, but what i'd like to underline one detail that always impress me, is the fact that sometimes in movies the actors are not just pretending to do something, they actually have skills to show off. What i'm talking about is that Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat knew how to play instruments already and that's cool, but hats off to Joe Cole who 'practiced drums religiously’ to learn how to play it for this film and Callum Turner who ‘worked his ass off and was able to nail’ the opening song to the gig 'Nazi Punks Fuck Off' – yes, they played a song with that title and lyrics at a White Supremacist party! That’s what you call spirit of Punk, eh?
This is not a movie about superheroes with out of this world powers, flying spaceships or talking fishes, it’s a realistic movie about how perfectly average Joes can find themselves in a situation of that type and that is probably why a lot of people found it unnerving (unfortunately I'm beyond being disturbed by a movie. Sigh!). Also I mentioned it before and will say it again: the score kicks major ass!
Written by Magali Fazio
Surprisingly this trailer has next to no spoilers so you can watch it with no fear!