There is not much glamour in playing in a scrappy punk band. The gigs don’t pay much, and being on the road can seem like a fight for survival. But in “Blue Ruin” director Jeremy Saulnier‘s “Green Room,” it’s literally life or death for a band that finds themselves in a heap of trouble.
Starring Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Callum Turner, Joe Cole, Imogen Poots, Mark Webber and Macon Blair, the story takes place mostly inside a punk club run by neo-Nazis, where the discovery of a dead body sets off a chain of events where nobody is safe. It’s grim, bloody, midnight-movie-style madness — if you dug “Blue Ruin,” you’ll love this. Here’s the synopsis:
GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown. Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, Green Room is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy-elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.
“Green Room” opens on April 15th in New York and Los Angeles, and goes wide on April 29th. Watch below.