I was really excited to see this movie after hearing about the cast, as I love both Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart, two of the main cast members, and the trailer was even more intriguing. I had to travel to see this movie, but definitely felt that it was worth it.
The plot of the film is really well-written to maximize suspense. The movie had me really excited in moments, on the edge of my seat trying to guess what would happen next. I think that the gore added a bit to the shock value, however the film really succeeded in the psychological element. The pacing of the film is really good, in my opinion. The beginning builds the eeriness of the film up, and the second half is crazy. It is extremely effective.
The characters of the film were great too. Some of the reviews that I read about this movie complain about a lack of character development. The characters are not as developed as those in some other films, however I don't think that it is necessary in this film. The film does enough to make us care for the characters before they arrive at the bar, and the ambiguity in the characters adds to the mystery element of the film. The acting is phenomenal. Anton Yelchin and the rest of the band members are great and convincing in their roles. Patrick Stewart is ridiculously menacing in his role. I'm used to him being the protagonist in "Star Trek" and "X-Men", however this definitely shows his range.
The film is also very well-made in technical terms. The gore effects of the film are pretty realistic. I sat in a recliner chair in the front row of the theater, so that added yet another level of detail to the film. The cinematography is also often quite amazing in certain parts. It accurately captures the insanity of the situation, especially during the performance of the Ain't Rights.
So I absolutely loved "Green Room". I recommend it to all fans of the horror or thriller genres, however I realize that it will not be in theaters much longer. This is not for the squeamish, but anyone who is interested should check it out as soon as possible.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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