This is the first installment of my Eli Roth Triple-Feature Review. In this review, I talk about the recently released movie The Green Inferno.
Dir. Eli Roth; Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Arron Burns
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Original Release Date: September 2013
Before I went to see this movie, I didn’t really look into it much. It wasn’t until a friend and I decided to see it that I thought anything was strange. When the movie first came out at the end of September (after a 2 year delay), it was in all the theaters near me. Now, two weeks later, it was nowhere. We had to drive 45 minutes to reach a theater that was still showing it. When I looked it up, there was no explanation as to why it had vanished. I wish I could tell you that it was because the movie was so gory that theaters pulled it, but I have no more information than this.
What’s it about?
The Green Inferno follows a group of college students who travel to Peru in order to stop a private company from demolishing a portion of the Amazon rain forest that is home to a native tribe. After accomplishing their goal, their plane crashes in the forest and they’re taken captive by the very tribe they worked to save. This tribe happens to be cannibalistic and, mistaking the group as part of the construction crew, starts to kill them off one by one. It becomes a fight for survival in this gore-tastic Eli Roth film.
Here’s the Trailer:
What did I think?
Honestly, I loved this movie. The gore was simply fantastic and the tribe was not portrayed as villainous, which is what I was mainly concerned about. Roth doesn’t demonize the indigenous people of South America; he simply shows the difference in culture. The truth is, cannibalistic cultures were never fully eradicated. Many South American tribes still practice cannibalism as part of their funeral rights for deceased loved ones. It was also common for them to kill, cook and eat their enemies, as is depicted in this film. The amazing thing about The Green Inferno is that the villain is the situation our main characters find themselves in, not the people who are attacking them.
Going back to the gore, though. There was one particular scene that made me squeamish, but I won’t spoil that for you. A lot of people are saying that the gore is too much. In fact, a few people left the theater after that scene. Honestly, though, it’s no worse than the gore in Hellraiser or Cabin in the Woods. The only difference is that our culture is terrified of cannibals. Dating back to the sixteenth century, cannibals have been a major archetype for scary stories. This is mainly because cannibalistic cultures are not out in the open and we tend to fear what we don’t see.
Most of the acting was great. I did not like Ariel Levy’s portrayal of Alejandro. His words don’t come naturally, which caused me to disconnect a little bit. Other than that, though, the cast is amazing. Lorenza Izzo’s Justine was likeable and believable. If there’s any character you want to survive, it’s her. The tribe, which is mainly made up of actual Peruvian natives, is phenomenal.
And the fact that Roth actually filmed in the village in which those natives live is an amazing concept to me. Living in LA, it’s sometimes difficult to grasp that some projects are filmed elsewhere when you constantly see familiar landmarks in films that supposedly take place in other cities. The aerial shots of the rain forest were absolutely stunning, too. Good job, Eli Roth.
Do I recommend it?
If you’re not already a fan of Eli Roth’s gore-happy collection, I do not recommend this movie. However, if you live for gore-tastic movies like I do, I highly recommend it. It’s a great ride with a great message.
Let me know what you think in the comments!