Daniel Nava reviews “Green Room” for Chicago Cinema Circuit

About a half-hour into Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, where the cumulative details of pallor adolescents moshing in the least local of locals (a skinhead roadhouse/venue in rural Oregon) take shape, the sensory details signal a film that runs on some pretty heavy fuel. That is, of course, before the tempered siege of violence has reached a rolling boil; before the red laces, the snarling dogs, the microphone feedback, or, eventually, the shotguns. The series of calamities that prompt Green Room’s excesses in lacerating violence is realized less like the hardcore and punk tracks that ornate the film’s soundscape, and more like a symphony:  a sonata-allegro opening, expelling necessary plot and character elements rapidly, paving the way to a thoughtful and carefully-orchestrated vision of sinister purpose.

Read Daniel’s full review on Chicago Cinema Circuit!


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