Entry #18 in 61 Days of Halloween 2020.
Theme: Netflix Week
Green Room is a tense showdown thriller that not only utilizes its location incredibly well, but mixes grotesque imagery with its overwhelming anxiety and on-the-fly thinking well to create an edge of your seat ride.
While the characters aren’t exactly brewing in depth, their bond together and the us vs. them mentality works wonders alongside their problem solving, the unpredictability of what comes next, and the lack of general story cliché in very similar genre fare.
God it made me miss Anton Yelchin, who isn’t his strongest character here and yet a fallible protagonist that adds to the grounded realism of the entire situation. Likewise, Imogen Poots is badass and evolves from a worried bystander to a heroine worth rooting for alongside Yelchin.
Worthy of its praise, once you get past its first act it’s a tense takeoff until the credits roll.