There are not too many names in horror that can truly terrorize audiences with their films in the present day entertainment industry. The group is very select, with Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) cycling in and out of that list, hitting and missing with no solid consistency.
Maybe the cause of this is because Roth’s name seems to be freely used often in order boost up other films as they label him a producer. Whatever the reason, his recent theatrical release, ‘The Green Inferno’ is Roth’s first feature length directorial effort since ‘Hostel: Part II’ in 2007.
And what a film ‘The Green Inferno’ is! Successfully maneuvering through cultural chaos and the naive nature of newly enrolled college kids that want to be globally giving, Roth gives us a beautifully vivid completed canvas with such savage irony at almost every turn.
The film focuses on the activist group #SaveAmazonia that sporadically and quickly plans out a way that could put a stop to corporations bulldozing land and killing the native tribes-people. Some may argue that the characters and their actions were too ‘dumb’ to be real, while I beg to differ. The world is filled with yes-men and women that discard logic in hopes of “making a difference” when all that is needed is a little bit of research to see the true danger and what is really needed for a change to occur. Roth capitalizes on this by showing his characters at one of the most gullible points of their lives.
Nonetheless, the nature of the individuals in #SaveAmazonia is all too real, and so was just about everything else in ‘The Green Inferno.’ After a lengthy initial sequence that laid down the foundations of the story, the film really picks up speed after an early celebration party on a private plane.
The cast, highlighted by solid performances from Aaron Burns (Jonah) & Lorenza Izzo (Justine) meshed together quite well, aside from Ariel Levy’s (Alejandro) horrendous pronunciation of dialogue, the obvious voice overs and audio editing mishaps that was impossible to overlook.
The kills were stellar for horror films and varied enough to not become overbearing, instead audiences couldn’t guess how the next victim would get it and who it might be. With the highlight being one of the films first kills after the plane crash, so nonchalant it followed through with such a profound impact, a hint would be watch for the propeller, that’s about as much of a spoiler as I’ll ever give.
The locations were gorgeous and the colors were used with such awe-inspiring chemistry. The score and music was complimentary enough, but could have provided more of an impact if re-worked a little more.
I would highly recommend ‘The Green Inferno’ to any and all horror film fans, yet I would not give the “green” light to those with a weak stomach, these scenes can get really tough to watch. Nothing ghastly or spooky, instead you get straight up gore and savagery. Check it out if you dare while cinemas are showing it.