Reviewer: Julie Lynn Hayes
Punk rock band The Ain’t Rights consists of four friends – Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Alia Shawkat), Reece (Joe Cole), and Tiger (Callum Turner). The band is touring the Pacific Northwest, but to say they’re not getting good gigs would be an understatement. They’re kind of forced to take what they can get. Which is how they end up in a bar in the middle of nowhere, filled with all sorts of creepy neo-Nazi sorts. What the heck, it’s just one night, and it’s more money than they’ve been getting lately, so why not?
Their set goes about as well as expected… more or less. The friends just want to get their money and move
on to the next gig. But things don’t quite go as planned, when they become witness to something they weren’t supposed to see. And now they are being held in the Green Room, while it’s decided what will happen to them. Can this possibly end well?
This film is really gritty and very visceral. Imagine being at the mercy of young violent skinheads, not knowing if they intend to kill you for what you accidentally saw, or even just for their own pleasure. It’s hard not to sympathize with the members of The Ain’t Rights, and there is nothing even remotely sympathetic about the people who hold them hostage. Not even their leader, Darcy, played by the inimitable Patrick Stewart. This film does not hold back, be warned of that. Explicit and gory, it’s not for the faint at heart. Green Room explores the seamier side of human nature. It’s scary to think that people such as this exist, but I’m sure they do. I’ll give this film 4 Stars.