Violence is the only answer in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner play The Ain’t Rights, a punk band that lives out of an old minivan, siphoning gas from strangers’ cars when needed. For financial reasons, The Ain’t Rights end up doing a gig for white supremacists, at a venue owned by a stolid creeper (Patrick Stewart). The plot turns when one of the band members sees something he shouldn’t have and acts on his conscience. Then Green Room becomes grizzly. Whether it’s a stomach being slashed by a box cutter, or an arm being hewed, Saulnier does not look away while the characters scream for their lives. Although there is the rare spurt of blood, B-movie style, most of the murder looks real. When Green Room treads into conventional narrative, employing a corny final line based on a lame motif, it stumbles a bit. Its texture, however, its familiarity with its world’s lingo, is convincing, and the neo-Nazis, especially the one played by Macon Blair, are not portrayed cartoonishly. Imogen Poots co-stars.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White