Jungle

By Amy Lynes

Inferno StillThe Green Inferno

Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levi, Aaron Burns, Nikolas Martinez, Darly Sabara, and Magda Apanowicz

Much to the delight of horror fans all over, The agonizingly long wait for Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno has finally come to an end. The film has FINALLY been unleashed upon the gore loving masses and we can now, at long last, witness what Eli Roth has done with the cannibal subgenre and find out if it lives up to the all the hype and long running controversy behind it.
Here is a short rundown of the synopsis of The Green Inferno:

Justine is a young college student whose father works for the UN. After hearing gruesome reports of genital mutilation in other countries, she makes friends with who talks her into coming to an activist meeting and she becomes interested in the plight of the many native tribes that are being forced out of their villages in the Peruvian jungle by greedy companies who are deforesting the land and either forcing the natives out or killing them if they fight back.

Soon after, her initial meeting, she decides to join their cause and they head off to the jungle with a plan to chain themselves to the heavy machinery and to keep the bulldozers from being operational, thus keeping the workers from doing their jobs and delaying their project.

Rather quickly, Justine nearly takes a bullet to the head because she was given a faulty lock and is an easy target for the corporation goons. Turns out these activists were setting her up the whole time just to get footage of a daughter of a UN worker being threatened and possibly even killed by the huge corporation. They are then detained for a short time before being released and told to leave immediately. Of course, on their way out of the jungle, the engine blows and the plane crashes. Within minutes, the natives come and the students (who are still dressed in their corporation worker gear) that survive the crash soon wish that they maybe hadn’t…

Although it was a little slow to get going, the gore and carnage didn’t seem to stop after the first gruesome kill. Kudos to the Nicotero-Berger effects team for the amazing effects. It was fantastic work and extremely beneficial to the the film. However, there is a scene with CGI ants that leaves much to be desired. They look incredibly fake and it really detracts from the scene. It made the terror of something like that happening far less believable and really not that terrifying at all.

Aside from that, the rest of the visuals are phenomenal. Shot on location in Peru, The Green Inferno had some fabulous scenic shots which really lend themselves to the feeling of isolation. Knowing there is no one out there to help these kids and that no one will be coming to their aid anytime soon adds to the overall feeling of despair.

The Green Inferno is a reunion of sorts, in that we see quite a few familiar faces we’ve seen in some of Roth’s previous work. Lorenza Izzo (also Roth’s real life spouse since late 2014) has been in two other films, Aftershock and Knock Knock, and Ariel Levi and Nikolas Martinez were both in Aftershock, as well as Ignacia Allamand, to name a few. There is a reason he uses the same cast repeatedly. It’s because they nail their roles beautifully. There were some characters that were really likable and you actually feel remorse when they meet their demise. And then there are the characters where you applaud the bad things that happen to them because they were such assholes. The performances from the entire cast made the fear, shock and disgust of their dire situation believable.

In spite of all the blood, gore, and some extremely gag worthy moments, there were some comedic moments mixed in as well. An odd choice for a cannibal movie. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. A tad unnecessary, but it was nicely balanced by all the carnage. Fans of the old cannibal films of the 70s and 80s will delight in the nods to some of the cannibal film classics that can be seen throughout the film, especially the end. And by the way, stay for the credits. There’s a little something there that may be indicative of a possible sequel.

While it’s clear that Roth was making an attempt at social commentary about using social media to publicly shame and exact “justice”, the statement falls somewhat flat. The Green Inferno probably won’t change anyone’s opinion on Eli Roth if they are not already a fan, but the fans of his usual splatterfests will revel in the morbid deliciousness of this film. I know did. And I already can’t wait to see it again.

Rating: 9/10

MOVIE REVIEW: The Green Inferno (2013)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Green Inferno (2013)

By Amy Lynes

Inferno StillThe Green Inferno

Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levi, Aaron Burns, Nikolas Martinez, Darly Sabara, and Magda Apanowicz

Much to the delight of horror fans all over, The agonizingly long wait for Eli Roth's The Green Inferno has finally come to an end. The film has FINALLY been unleashed upon the gore loving masses and we can now, at long last, witness what Eli Roth has done with the cannibal subgenre and find out if it lives up to the all the hype and long running controversy behind it.
Here is a short rundown of the synopsis of The Green Inferno:

Justine is a young college student whose father works for the UN. After hearing gruesome reports of genital mutilation in other countries, she makes friends with who talks her into coming to an activist meeting and she becomes interested in the plight of the many native tribes that are being forced out of their villages in the Peruvian jungle by greedy companies who are deforesting the land and either forcing the natives out or killing them if they fight back.

Soon after, her initial meeting, she decides to join their cause and they head off to the jungle with a plan to chain themselves to the heavy machinery and to keep the bulldozers from being operational, thus keeping the workers from doing their jobs and delaying their project.

Rather quickly, Justine nearly takes a bullet to the head because she was given a faulty lock and is an easy target for the corporation goons. Turns out these activists were setting her up the whole time just to get footage of a daughter of a UN worker being threatened and possibly even killed by the huge corporation. They are then detained for a short time before being released and told to leave immediately. Of course, on their way out of the jungle, the engine blows and the plane crashes. Within minutes, the natives come and the students (who are still dressed in their corporation worker gear) that survive the crash soon wish that they maybe hadn't...

Although it was a little slow to get going, the gore and carnage didn't seem to stop after the first gruesome kill. Kudos to the Nicotero-Berger effects team for the amazing effects. It was fantastic work and extremely beneficial to the the film. However, there is a scene with CGI ants that leaves much to be desired. They look incredibly fake and it really detracts from the scene. It made the terror of something like that happening far less believable and really not that terrifying at all.

Aside from that, the rest of the visuals are phenomenal. Shot on location in Peru, The Green Inferno had some fabulous scenic shots which really lend themselves to the feeling of isolation. Knowing there is no one out there to help these kids and that no one will be coming to their aid anytime soon adds to the overall feeling of despair.

The Green Inferno is a reunion of sorts, in that we see quite a few familiar faces we've seen in some of Roth's previous work. Lorenza Izzo (also Roth's real life spouse since late 2014) has been in two other films, Aftershock and Knock Knock, and Ariel Levi and Nikolas Martinez were both in Aftershock, as well as Ignacia Allamand, to name a few. There is a reason he uses the same cast repeatedly. It's because they nail their roles beautifully. There were some characters that were really likable and you actually feel remorse when they meet their demise. And then there are the characters where you applaud the bad things that happen to them because they were such assholes. The performances from the entire cast made the fear, shock and disgust of their dire situation believable.

In spite of all the blood, gore, and some extremely gag worthy moments, there were some comedic moments mixed in as well. An odd choice for a cannibal movie. But it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. A tad unnecessary, but it was nicely balanced by all the carnage. Fans of the old cannibal films of the 70s and 80s will delight in the nods to some of the cannibal film classics that can be seen throughout the film, especially the end. And by the way, stay for the credits. There's a little something there that may be indicative of a possible sequel.

While it's clear that Roth was making an attempt at social commentary about using social media to publicly shame and exact "justice", the statement falls somewhat flat. The Green Inferno probably won't change anyone's opinion on Eli Roth if they are not already a fan, but the fans of his usual splatterfests will revel in the morbid deliciousness of this film. I know did. And I already can't wait to see it again.

Rating: 9/10

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