No one has ever said that writer/director Jeremy Saulnier is conventional. In fact, the indie director has made a name for himself by defying audience expectations with each new film and the same can be said for his latest film Green Room (2015). Pat (Anton Yelchin) and his fellow punk band members are down on their luck and out of money and take a last minute gig in an out of the way bar. It’s not long before they realize that most of their audience is made up of Neo-Nazi’s.
When Pat witnesses a murder in a back room of the bar he and the rest of the band members are not allowed to leave the bar nor call the police until the manager of the bar Gabe (Macon Blair) has a word with the owner Darcy (Patrick Stewart), who has secrets that he doesn’t wish to get out. When Darcy finally arrives after the bar has been emptied, only he and his men stand between Pat & the band members and their freedom, but Darcy isn’t going to make is so easy as he can’t have witnesses to a crime bringing back police to his establishment. Now it’s a siege between who can hold out the longest as Pat and the band members hold up in the green room of the bar unable to leave and unwilling to give into Darcy’s demands.
Saulnier has crafted another claustrophobic thriller That zigs and zags at every turn and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Even though he’s working with a more seasoned cast of actors with Yelchin, Stewart and Imogen Poots, he still has room for his biggest collaborator Blair who has been in all three of his features – including Murder Party (2007) and Blue Ruin (2013). Saulnier’s unique blend of horror, crime, humor, and realism has made his films some of the most interesting in recent years. Saulnier is a director with a unique vision and style of story to tell that no one else is telling which makes each of his films more interesting than the last and he (in addition to this film) are worth checking out if for no other reason than to see Stewart give one of his best performances in a long time.