Bloody Siege

Published March 27, 2016

ABOVE: PATRICK STEWART IN GREEN ROOM. PHOTO COURTESY OF A24.

“Gentleman, I hope you appreciate the situation,” says Patrick Stewart in the trailer for Green Room. “Things have gone south, no doubt. Now, whatever you saw or did is no longer my concern. But let’s be clear, it won’t end well.” The third feature film from writer-director Jeremy Saulnier, Green Room follows a hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C., who decide to play a last-minute show in a backwoods Oregon club. For the band—whose four members are played by Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, and British actors Joe Cole and Callum Turner—it’s all about the music. For the audience—a group of neo-Nazi skinheads led by Stewart’s club owner—it’s about a lifestyle. There is a culture clash onstage, but it’s nothing serious. Then, on the way out, a member of the band witnesses the aftermath of murder in the club’s green room. The standoff that ensues is expertly tense and electrifying, not to mention extremely gory. 

GREEN ROOM OPENS TODAY, APRIL 15, IN SELECT THEATERS.