Many thanks should be given to one Eli Roth and it has nothing to do with him paying homage to one of the most terrifying films known to man. No, the reason he is praise worthy today is for taking the pretentious crap we read on social media everyday and shoving it straight up our own asses. Every morning we wake up to two different worlds. Be it Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram we truly are living in a bi polar society where lost minds are constantly beating each other over the head with their “social awareness” garb while at the same time being cynical to each other’s plight. To break it down in layman’s terms we are a society of hypocrites and it’s nice to know one of our favorite filmmakers has the balls to remind us. While some may not be too happy with his approach, what better way to show the man/woman in the mirror that with a good old fashion cannibal movie. Oh, and don’t worry mom I know all about cannibalism, I saw it on TV. I guess this you can call this a review for THE GREEN INFERNO.
In THE GREEN INFERNO we see a young college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) looking to take more of a stand in her life. She doesn’t want to play the sidelines anymore and joins an on campus group of activists. The plan is to save the rainforest and she and the rest head to the amazons to stop the evil machine from cutting down the beloved wildlife. What starts as revolt against the man soon becomes a complete nightmare as she and few of the students become the feature meal for a local tribe of headhunters. The substance of Roth’s movie is so much more than the gore presented on screen. Honestly that was the part I paid attention to the least. If you have seen one Roth movie than you know the extent of his capabilities when it comes to ripping flesh and carnage. The real fun deals with the issues presented in front of the clan as they try to understand their predicament while trying to survive. What Eli has always excelled in is the act of misdirection. He has the uncanny ability to make you feel as if the movie you are watching won’t lead to the inevitable but it always does. About 46 mins into the movies I forgot there were even damn cannibals in the thing. That could hurt the reaction for those new to the workings of Roth, but for the seasoned vets THE GREEN INFERNO is actually what you come to expect for him which for some can be good or bad.
We won’t have to wait as long as many did for Eli’s next film as THE GREEN INFERNO is over two years in the making. Still much credit is due to Blum and crew for bringing this film to light. No one wants to see someone’s hard work get passed aside especially with so much the crew had to endure to get this movie film. It’s funny to think that a film that involved a campaign to get it released would be about social issues. That’s the timeless piece of THE GREEN INFERNO that will never die. We all truly need to get over ourselves, we all matter, we all are important and we all deserve a chance to survive and thrive, even cannibals!
THE GREEN INFERNO is directed by Eli Roth and stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Daryl Sabara, Magda Apanowicz and Nicolas Martinez.