The Green Inferno (2013 TIFF, 2015 wide release). Directed by Eli Roth. Written by Eli Roth & Guillermo Amoedo. Starring: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Aaron Burns, & Sky Ferreira. Produced by Worldview Entertainment, Dragonfly Entertainment, & Sobras International Pictures. Distributed by Blumhouse Tilt & Universal Pictures.
Yesterday, I streamed The Green Inferno. Originally, I was going to offer a way for you to see that stream after we aired it, but that’s no longer possible due to some technical difficulites. Still, we got it completed for the 15 or so people who joined us across two different streaming platforms. Since I wanted to start back with the movie reviews I had going during the summer, I figured why not come here and give you a few thoughts on this extremely gory splatterfest?
First off, the acting in the film kinda sucks. Outside of the lead, Lorenza Izzo, it’s pretty much terrible. It not like she’s awesome herself, but still, it’s a level above most of the others. The only one who I also liked was the smarmy performance from Ariel Levy. When he starts [Spoilers ahead] jacking-off later on in the movie during a key scene, I couldn’t help but bust out laughing at not only the sheer absurdity of it, but also at Levy’s take. Other than these two, the movie’s acting is complete shit, though. Of course, that’s not why you go see a movie like this. You go to laugh and see some fucked up murders.
I’m here to tell you that both of those are found in abundance while watching The Green Inferno. I mean, this is definitely one of the sickest movies I’ve ever seen. Actually, I think it’s number one on the list. It’s done in such an over-the-top manner that it’s mostly hilarious, though. Mostly. The scene where multiple women are violated with a sharp jaguar tooth (or some shit) is really, really disturbing. I’m not a trigger warning kind of guy, as you know, but that was insanity personified.
The part where eyeballs, tongue, etc, are eaten while the guy is still alive is pretty nuts as well. Actually, there’s a lot of crazy shit in this movie, but it’s usually done with laughs in mind, or at least that how it comes across to me. The whole lost tribe of cannibals trope is a hilarious concept, and I laughed so hard with the way they are first introduced. There’s some other points, but I don’t think this is the sort of film to waste a shitload of words dissecting. It is what it is.
Does that mean it’s worth your time? I would say yes, but keep in mind the limitations if you’re expecting a classic. This film isn’t going to be winning any awards, but it’s funny, it’s bloody, and it lampoons SJWs. That’s more than good enough for me. So while the star rating itself is a little low, I still recommend you guys check it out. It does everything it wanted it to do, and was way more shocking than I thought it would be. Grilled and seasoned thumbs way up.
Star Rating (out of 4): * * & 1/4
TRR Article on Eli Roth & The Green Inferno
The Green Inferno on Rotten Tomatoes