For the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘Green Room,’ check out the video below! Or keep reading for our mini-review…
Patrick Stewart as the chilling leader of a neo-Nazi, punk-rock death squad? Sign us up! ‘Green Room’ presents Captain Jean-Luc Xavier in a way we’ve never seen him before: cold, detached, calculating, and absolutely merciless. It’s a step away from Patrick Stewart’s typical MO and we couldn’t be happier for it. But let’s back up a second…
‘Green Room’ centers around a punk band that – through circumstances kind of outside their control – ends up playing at a neo-Nazi skinhead club owned by Darcy (Stewart). It’s a tense situation but the band does their thing and then heads off stage, bumbling right into the middle of a murder cover-up. Locking themselves in the club’s green room (hence the title), the band is beset by neo-Nazis trying to kill them for knowing too much. This is all in the trailer, by the way, so not to worry: we haven’t spoiled you.
What follows is a siege movie that, on the surface, is not unlike many others you may have seen. Evil people trying to get inside and hurt our heroes? Been there, done that. But what sets ‘Green Room’ apart is its clever use of practical effects, real life attack dogs (that will give you nightmares), and tremendous performances from the film’s three main leads. The film has an 80’s vibe that calls back to the best of that decade’s suspense flicks but without drowning you in cheesy synth.
We’ve mentioned Patrick Stewart already (and we can’t say enough how phenomenal he was here) but fellow Star Trek alum Anton Yelchin (Chekov from the new movies) does a fantastic job here as well. He’s a hapless base player that this whole thing is sort of just happening to and he’s either got to find his verve or just sit there and die. Imogen Poots (’28 Weeks Later’) is his female counterpart, caught up in this murder mess as well and trying to make a go at escaping Stewart’s wrath. There are other characters along the way – including the uber hot Eric Edelstein – but its Stewart, Yelchin, and Poots who shine here.
We won’t say more – don’t want to give anything away – but if you’re a fan of thrillers, suspense flicks, and siege dramas, ‘Green Room’ is an absolute slam-dunk. Check it out!
Written by Brad Harris, Movie Bears Podcast