by Bobby Blakey
Patrick Stewart is one of those actors that while known for his iconic turns as both Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor X in the X-Men franchise, but is still able to transcend into a wide variety of work thanks to his amazing talent. His latest film Green Room pits him in a different kind of role alongside the late Anton Yelchin who leads the charge and Imogen Poots, but does it offer up the intensity it has been getting the hype for or will it be a gig not worth paying for?
Green Room follows A band straying into a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated. This film has been getting rave reviews since it hit theaters, but going in knowing the brutality that was involved and the untimely passing of Anton Yelchin it was hard to initially watch. That being said the film does deliver an intense spectacle that works really great, but doesn’t always quite hit the mark that most have stated. Sure everyone has their opinion, but for the first half of this film it is really slow as it sets up the scene, but doesn’t offer up a whole lot that is interesting to watch. Thankfully once it gets to the green room itself things pick up quite a lot and make up for its initial slow pace. While the promos obviously have Stewart front and center it is Yelchin that really shines. While being a part of the band that is being tormented he is clearly the lead and does a great job throughout expressing all the emotion and physicality needed for the role to deliver. It is yet another perfect showcase to this young talent that was taken way too soon. Stewart is great here giving a very subtly dark and evil performance, but at times so much so he really felt wasted in the part. It wasn’t his performance by any means, but his character just wasn’t given all that much to do.
While the film does take place in a skin head club this is not a Nazi film as some may think so separate what you think you are going to get and let it unfold for you. Once the action begins it rarely lets up offering up some really gory and violent moments that will no doubt please even the horror crowd despite the film being more of a thriller than anything else. The story is pretty simple and once amped up with the violence that unfolds it becomes a horror house of violence and insanity that works, but it will likely be one of those films that will not work for some expecting something different. Either way decide for yourself and check out Green Room when it hits the stage on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12th from Lionsgate Home Entertainmnet.