Monday, October 05, 2015
The Green Inferno
This film wasn't even on my radar until a Facebook friend posted "Eli Roth, fuck you and your movie. The last thing the indigenous tribes of Peru need is to be portrayed like this." I did a little clicking around and was delighted to learn that "like this" meant "like savage cannibals". Count me in!
A group of college activists led by a charismatic older student named Alejandro fly to Peru to protest the deforestation of the rain forest, which is displacing and destroying the land of ancient tribes. Their plan is to raise awareness and public outrage with a live stream of the loggers in action. The film’s heroine Justine participates despite her roommate’s objections. Her father’s position as a United Nations attorney is expected to bring international attention to the cause.
Needless to say things go horribly, horribly wrong. One plane crash later and the surviving protesters are abducted and imprisoned by one of the tribes they were there to save. How ironic! Eli Roth has never been accused of subtlety so it should come as no surprise that the cannibalistic scenes are not for the squeamish. If I may borrow Mr. AC’s hilarious warning label:
I can understand why there was a bit of controversy surrounding this movie. One of the commenters on my friend’s Facebook post felt that Roth was irresponsible because his film might deter people from participating in social activism. This may be true, but it did not deter me from enjoying this shlocker. The character of Alejandro is initially presented as a passionate and fearless (and obnoxiously judgmental) protester but this image slowly unravels throughout the course of the events. There is an interesting twist and some debatable questions of morality raised at the end. But there's really no need for me to try and sell this to you. I’m sure you’ve already made up your mind about seeing this.