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Movie Review: The Green Inferno (TIFF 2013)

Sep. 9, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: A group of college activists travel deep into the Peruvian jungle to try and save a lost tribe's habitat. When their plane crashes, the students find themselves at the mercy of the tribe, who- unbeknownst to them- are a pack of murderous cannibals.

REVIEW: Let's get one thing straight, THE GREEN INFERNO is crazy violent. Perhaps abhorrently so. Obviously, director Eli Roth- his first movie as a director since HOSTEL 2- set out to make a modern CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and that's exactly what he's done. If you thought the HOSTEL movies were torture porn, you ain't seen nothin' yet.

The violence in THE GREEN INFERNO is gruesome enough that the more weak stomached of you will no doubt be reaching for your barf bags. There's spearings, people being skinned alive, people being eaten alive, and much talk about genital mutilation. It's enough to make you woozy. However, if that sounds like I'm complaining, rest assured I'm not.

Fact is, I went into GREEN INFERNO knowing just what to expect. I've seen CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, and I appreciate what Roth is trying to do here. While it's shocking, there's something nonetheless appealing in what I'd classify as “endurance cinema” where the goal isn't necessarily how much you like the film, but rather how much you can take. Making it through all the kills, which get progressively worse and worse, takes a certain stamina, and making it to the end credits is some kind of victory. To me, that almost puts it in another bracket other than torture porn, as the onslaught of violence and maimings is so constant it's almost funny, in a dark, dark way.

In terms of displaying carnage and violence, this fits right in with the rest of Roth's depraved filmography (again, that's not intended as an insult, Roth seems to revel in depravity). My main complaints with THE GREEN INFERNO have to do with what happens before and after the massacres. It seemingly takes forever for the students to get taken by the tribe, and what happens in this first part of the movie is pretty standard. There's the quintessential “nice” girl, the privileged daughter of a UN delegate, played by Lorenza Izzo. Like her co-stars Ariel Levy (who plays the charismatic head of the student activists) and Nicolas Martinez, Izzo was in Roth's production, AFTERSHOCK. All three of them are likable, but it takes forever for the movie to get going. I did, however, appreciate Daryl Sabara (SPY KIDS, WORLD'S GREATEST DAD) as the comic relief stoner. Again, it's an archetypal role, but he's fun.

In order to avoid diving too deep into spoilers, I won't say anything about what underwhelmed me about the ending other than that it has a last minute reversal that comes out of nowhere, and feels phony, and inexplicably dumb. Then again, Roth is already planning a sequel, so I guess that explains that.

For sure, THE GREEN INFERNO is not for every taste. You have to have a strong stomach to get through it, and if you by chance you don't like gore than obviously you should stay far away from this. But, if you want an absolutely brutal experience that's tough to endure, just like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, this is probably the movie for you.

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12:40PM on 10/02/2013

Green Inferno

I really want to see this movie especially after your review. Spoil one thing for me though what's all this buzz about Daryl Sabara's character and a tarantula?
I really want to see this movie especially after your review. Spoil one thing for me though what's all this buzz about Daryl Sabara's character and a tarantula?
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3:51PM on 09/10/2013
Cannibal films are an acquired taste...did I really write that? LOL, Anyway you either enjoy them or you walk away feeling very dirty.
Cannibal films are an acquired taste...did I really write that? LOL, Anyway you either enjoy them or you walk away feeling very dirty.
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8:41PM on 09/09/2013
I have no desire to see this. To make a movie of human suffering on such a magnitude for no other reason other then you can and because your warped, is not entertainment. There's been some really good horror movies of late that show little to no gore. Gore doesn't bother me, I'm just tired of hack director/producers who just throw blood and guts at the screen to make up for the lack of originality and talent.
I have no desire to see this. To make a movie of human suffering on such a magnitude for no other reason other then you can and because your warped, is not entertainment. There's been some really good horror movies of late that show little to no gore. Gore doesn't bother me, I'm just tired of hack director/producers who just throw blood and guts at the screen to make up for the lack of originality and talent.
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7:43PM on 09/09/2013
until I looked at the paycheck ov $9436, I didn't believe ...that...my friend could truley bringing in money in their spare time on-line.. there friends cousin haz done this 4 only about nineteen months and at present took care of the mortgage on there place and got Lotus Esprit. view website ,, www.buzz90.com
until I looked at the paycheck ov $9436, I didn't believe ...that...my friend could truley bringing in money in their spare time on-line.. there friends cousin haz done this 4 only about nineteen months and at present took care of the mortgage on there place and got Lotus Esprit. view website ,, www.buzz90.com
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4:30PM on 09/09/2013

awesome

I've been waiting for Roth to deliver the goods again and this review seems to tell me I will get exactly what I want! I can't wait! When is it supposed to be released though?
I've been waiting for Roth to deliver the goods again and this review seems to tell me I will get exactly what I want! I can't wait! When is it supposed to be released though?
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2:44PM on 09/09/2013
I couldn't see the value in this film from this review other than it's ultraviolence, which is not going to work in bringing me to the cinema. This sounds much like Hostel, in which there is very little story to run on, just enough to get to the torture. Only, this film seems to have even less story and is pretty much just about the gore. No thank you.
I couldn't see the value in this film from this review other than it's ultraviolence, which is not going to work in bringing me to the cinema. This sounds much like Hostel, in which there is very little story to run on, just enough to get to the torture. Only, this film seems to have even less story and is pretty much just about the gore. No thank you.
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2:01PM on 09/09/2013

is that jack sparrow?

the pic attached to the story had me thinking it was a jack sparrow send-up in one of those dumbass ''scary movie'' ''epic movie'' style flicks.
the pic attached to the story had me thinking it was a jack sparrow send-up in one of those dumbass ''scary movie'' ''epic movie'' style flicks.
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12:58PM on 09/09/2013

Correction

This movie was already rated R by the MPAA.
This movie was already rated R by the MPAA.
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10:22AM on 09/09/2013
While I love Eli Roth's other films, there's just something about the cannibal genre that turns me off. Dunno what it is. It's great that this was made, and I'm sure it'll find an audience, but it probably won't be me.
While I love Eli Roth's other films, there's just something about the cannibal genre that turns me off. Dunno what it is. It's great that this was made, and I'm sure it'll find an audience, but it probably won't be me.
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3:48PM on 09/10/2013
You definitely have to have a stomach for the cannibal genre. I grew up and hunted these films down and anything that is compared to CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST deserves a look from me at least.
You definitely have to have a stomach for the cannibal genre. I grew up and hunted these films down and anything that is compared to CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST deserves a look from me at least.

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