Movie: Green Room , Director/Writer: Jeremy Saulnier, Distributer by: A24
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkay, Mark Webber, Macon Blair
Since I first saw the trailer for Green Room I wanted to see it. From the gripping imagery, the violence, to seeing Sir Patrick Stewart as a skinhead it caught my attention and I had to see it. Also I should give a honorable mention for the trailer using the cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising by July Talk. It’s all I could talk about for the months leading up to it’s release. I watched countless interviews with the cast and director. Read article after article. I found out that director Jeremy Saulnier grew up in the DC hardcore punk scene in the late 80’s and early 90s. He wore Agnostic Front and Gut Instinct t-shirts in his interviews. He hired his childhood friends to do the music for this film (and has done so for all 3 of his featured films: Murder Party, and Blue Ruin) a pair of brothers who grew up playing in bands, Brooke and Will Blair who are also brothers with one of the movies cast member, Macon Blair. But those are not the only people involved in this movie with connections to the punk scene. The late great Anton Yelchin (who passed away tragically only weeks after the movie was released) also has played in punk bands, and even went to say that to prepare for the film he listened to a lot of Circle Jerks. I thought, finally, Hollywood is going to get “punk” right for once. Over the years there has been a slew of films that have tried to take a crack at bring the punk scene on screen. Some miserablely failed, others did alright, but nothing this promising.