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Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Allan Brown


EIFF 2014: The Green Inferno Review


Movie Review: The Green Inferno (2014)Green-Inferno dvd sleeve. movie-review-world

Running Time: 100 mins

Rating: 18

Director: Eli Roth

Writers: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo

Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Aaron Burns, Richard Burgi




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Director Eli Roth (Hostel) once again treads familiar ground with the brand of spatter-house horror that he has become synonymous with. Despite the substance void and mass predictability associated with such films, Roth injects the right cocktail of fun and gore; to not only satisfy his army of dedicated fans, but possibly several newcomers too.

actress-Lorenza-Izzo. movie review worldThe story follows Justine (Lorenza Izzo), a New York City college student who, along with a group of fellow campus activist’s – led by the egotistical Alejandro (Ariel Levy), decide to embark on a trip to the Peruvian rainforest. Their mission; to prevent the logging company from not only eradicating a huge area of Amazon rainforest, but who also threaten the existence of local indigenous tribes. However, when their plane inadvertently crash lands deep in the lush jungle, the stricken survivors soon realise their real battle for survival has only just begun.

Roth’s wonderfully Ominous panoramic opening title sequence (A clear nod to Kubrick’s The Shining opening sequence) presents the beautifully perilous unmapped landscape of below, as a pathway of the horror that will duly follow. These shots along with the many candid depictions of village life, its sense of community and its macabre traditions, are crafted with skill and vigour, as we anxiously wait perched at the edge of our seats for the inevitable to begin. However, to get to this point we trudge through almost 40 minutes of tedious melodrama and hackneyed stereotypical characterisation. Although this time is used to set up the play and outline the precession’s, not the ham-fisted dialogue or its one dimensional characters have the depth or are interesting enough to shoulder the movie for this length of time.

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However, when the Cannibal Holocaust action takes over Roth once again comes in to his own. Scenes of torture, mutilation and unhinged gore take centre stage, as the director delivers a heightened sense of tension and horror that is almost unwavering. While these scenes are indeed shocking, nauseating and deliberately uncomfortable, Roth interjects them with well timed humour, or comedic set-pieces that are a delight to watch unfold. These tonal shifts from horror to comedy are now common place with such genre films, but their success are more often than not, hit or miss. Roth, here, knocks these scenes out the park.

EIFF 2014: The Green Inferno Review Allan Brown


Summary: All in all, Eli Roth sticks to what he does best, and despite there being a lack of originality on show, The Green Inferno hits all the right notes for the sub-genre it firmly plants itself in.


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2 Responses to EIFF 2014: The Green Inferno Review

  1. Tyson Carter says:

    Hey buddy, long time no speak. Hope youre well 🙂

    Very jealous youre at this festival, I looked at going but never quite got round to doing much about it for ages then couldnt get time off work. This film would be the main draw, envious you saw this so early, and Ive skimmed your post so I know as little as possible before I see it. Good job on the reporting there, just gonna have to browse through and see what else you been up to in bonny Scotland!

    • Allan Brown says:

      Hey Tyson, hows things?

      The festival has been great this year, gutted it will be all over by tomorrow and I have to return to the humdrum of REAL work. 🙁

      Eli Roth was in town for a few days and had I been on the ball a bit more I may have got an interview. Next time.

      I enjoyed the film as much as I was gonna. Not a huge fan of this type of horror. I prefer more character substance and narrative but if your a fan of Roth Im sure you will be suitably impressed.

      Thanks for stopping by buddy and hope the family are well.

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