GREEN ROOM

★★½

Starring Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Joe Cole, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, David W. Thompson, Mark Webber
Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
2016 / 95 Minutes / A24

Why didn’t I like this movie more? I was looking so forward to this. Green Room has an interesting, original and intense story, but something about it didn’t work for me. I never felt that intensity or scared for these characters. There wasn’t enough character development for me to care about them or their situation. Especially when things escalate quite quickly for a lot of them. Anytime anything big happened I felt like I was being rushed through this brutal scenario that deserved a little more time to develop and more time for the audience to think they know where this is going. There is a fantastic premise here that feels rushed. This could have been bigger and more ‘edge of your seat’ instead of rushing us to the finale. By the end, I just shrugged and thought who cares.

Sadly the great performances from the cast are wasted. Patrick Stewart was terrific, but I wanted more of him. Anton was great as always, but again deeper character development could have at least given him more to work with. None of these characters had a backstory they just existed in this world which made them dull and easily expendable for the audience. I would have been more frightened had they been more interesting.

Again the premise here is great and was something different and original in a genre that lacks a lot of that. It’s a pretty simple film that begs to be more complex and unfortunately misses out on it. I was starving for more to happen. I really wanted to like this more.

Grade C-

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