Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Film Review: The Green Inferno (2013)

The Green Inferno (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Vudu Rental
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"Blending some effective humor with over-the-top gore, Roth creates an immersive and entertaining experience."

Justine (Lorenza Izzo), a freshman college student, joins an activist group led by Alejandro (Ariel Levy), which leads her to an Amazon rainforest to stop logging and the slaughter of natives...

The Green Inferno follows Justine and a group of activists. Alejandro leads this group into the Amazon rainforest to stop a company from illegally logging and killing the native tribes. The group sneak into the work camp and chain themselves to the trees and equipment; when they are threatened by the armed security, they livestream the event for the world to see. And, they are absolutely gratified when they're retweeted. Unfortunately, on their trip home, the plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest and the survivors are captured by the local tribe. Even more unfortunate, this tribe happens to indulge in cannibalism, especially with those they deem threats. I think you know what to expect for the latter half of the film. It all leads to a decent ending.

The Green Inferno is a splatter horror film. Off the bat, this film is not nearly as disturbing as Cannibal Holocaust. I say this because I already want to get the inevitable comparisons out of the way. Cannibal Holocaust is a dark and disturbing horror film that tries to reflect humanity; The Green Inferno is a gory and often humorous horror film that addresses modern activism. Furthermore, The Green Inferno does not feature any found-footage aspects. Any other comparisons wouldn't work out very well considering the different tones, so keep that in mind if you're interested in the film because you think it might be like Cannibal Holocaust – I repeat, it's not.

The Green Inferno is a fun and entertaining film, though. Although I wouldn't say it's a very serious theme, I did like the whole 'modern activism' approach. It painted an interesting picture of this specific group. And, most of the characters were actually likable. Okay, you have a few obnoxious 'social justice warriors,' but most of the cast is fun and interesting. As for the horror aspects, this is a gorefest. It has some suspense here and there, but most of the horror is reliant on gory visuals. I personally did not find it scary, but the gore was impressive and it made me cringe at least once. It's interesting watching how many ways you can kill a group of people – a strange statement to make, but I'll stick by it. It does get a bit repetitive during the latter half and some jokes fall flat, though. (Poopy jokes in the 2010s? Come on!)

The cast is great. Lorenaza Izzo delivers a strong performance, a charismatic leading lady. Ariel Levy is decent in his role as an activist leader; not as charismatic as claimed in the film, but decent. Daryl Sabara added some fun with his performance. The casting was good. The film was also shot well. I liked the cinematography. The music blended well with the film, too. For fans of practical special effects, there are plenty of impressive gore effects here. Although often gruesome, I enjoyed the visuals. The film is  written by Guillermo Amoedo and Eli Roth; Roth also directs. The film doesn't break any new ground and it really doesn't have to. Roth does what he does best: he crafts a gory horror film with a few chuckle-worthy gags. If you like Roth's previous films, you'll like his direction in this.

Overall, The Green Inferno is a very good movie. It's not a shocking or disturbing horror film, at least not for those of us who have seen it all, but it is entertaining. Blending some effective humor with over-the-top gore, Roth creates an immersive and entertaining experience. It has a few flaws, like some repetitive scenes during the latter half, but it ultimately delivers in the most important section: entertainment.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, nudity.

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