One of the best films I saw at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Green Room, the follow-up from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier. The plot revolves around a punk rock band that witnesses something they shouldn’t and held captive by a group of neo-Nazis led by the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Patrick Stewart). The movie is shocking, twisted, and will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
A24 has released a new Green Room trailer, and it plays up Stewart’s threatening performance, and it shouldn’t come as any great surprise that he gives a tremendous turn as the villainous Darcy. It’s a performance that’s so good you wonder why it’s taken so long for a director to capitalize on the actor playing this kind of character. It’s not Stewart’s first turn as a villain, but it’s arguably his best.
Check out the new Green Room trailer below, and click here for Perri’s review from TIFF. The film opens in New York and L.A. on April 15th before opening wide on April 29th, and also stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox.
Here’s the official synopsis for Green Room:
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 delivers 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.