Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Green Inferno


(2015)****

A group of pretentious college students join an activist, Alejandro, who is prone to protesting everything the way one does when in college. Smitten by his altruism, Justine agrees to travel with his group deep into the Peruvian jungle in order to protect an indigenous tribe from a logging company encroaching on their territory. Despite good intentions their plane crashes and they are kidnapped by the very tribe they were trying to protect.

“The Green Inferno” is Eli Roth’s homage to “Cannibal Holocaust” and it delivers the goods! The moment the students realize that they are dealing with cannibals is a particularly harrowing scene (I don’t think I could watch it twice). Not for the squeamish (I’m surprised that this wasn’t unrated) the film ratchets up the gore and tension as the group attempts to escape from hundreds hungry cannibals. Adding to the disquieting nature of subject matter is the casual indifference the cannibals’ exhibit as they kill and prepare their meals. If there is one thing I have learned from Eli Roth movies it’s don’t ever travel! I was riveted to the screen. Well worth your time.




4 comments:

Catfreeek said...

I still feel Cannibal Holocaust was a little more horrifying but both films pack a damn good punch .

Johnny Sweatpants said...

This was my favorite movie last year and I'm glad we caught it in the theater. It was only playing for a weekend or two. For me it cemented Eli Roth as the best horror director of our time.

Cabin Fever
Hostel
Hostel 2
The Green Inferno

Who can match that today? I haven't seen Knock Knock yet but he's directing the upcoming Death Wish reboot. Fingers crossed.

DKC said...

Nopety, nope-nope!
Glad you enjoyed it though.

Drew Tanzosh said...

I rather enjoyed the cannibal scene. Anyone up for a burger? Rare?

There is a political undertone to the movie also, the vanishing integrity to the "protesting something..protest anything" movement.