Telling the story of a punk rock band who are trapped in the green room of a Neo-Nazi skinhead bar after stumbling upon a murder, Green Room feels like a wasted opportunity. In the world of online reviews “a wasted opportunity” usually refers to a bad film that could have been good, but in this case it’s a good film which should have been great.
In contrast to the fantastic 10 Cloverfield Lane, one of my biggest frustrations with Green Room is that none of the characters react like normal human beings to the gore they are enduring. A great example of this is the band members’ lack of reaction to the skinheads’ hints that their actions have a big profound meaning. Nobody thinks to question this and it’s ultimately forgotten about. I would not be surprised to find out the scenes exist but can only be discovered on the cutting room floor. Perhaps an on-screen explanation would have been seen as a delay to the next bout of bloody action; maybe not hinting at a big mystery which didn’t exist would have been a better idea.
A positive of Green Room, unsurprisingly, is the performance of Sir Patrick Stewart. Playing the leader of the skinheads, Stewart manages to use his natural charisma to bring an element to the white supremacist monster which is almost likeable. That duality is what is missing from Pat, the main character (portrayed by Anton Yelchin). Pat seems to simply fall into his decisions and seems to care very little when he or his friends are in danger or hurt.
The action was well done, if a little hard to see at times. One of the moments of gore gained loud gasps from the cinema audience and I, silently, felt uneasy in my cosy chair. When a moment did play out it usually didn’t last long enough to become memorable or wasn’t memorable enough to last.
Green Room is a movie I wanted to wax lyrical about. I wanted to come back from the cinema ready and willing to write a review singing its praises. I wanted to love it. Instead Green Room is simply an ever so slightly above average horror movie which will only be enjoyed on Netflix.