The Green Inferno
Ariel Levy, Lorenza Izzo, Daryl Sabara
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…perhaps Roth’s most mature film to date, and looks frankly gorgeous…
Delayed in release due to various hiccups, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno is finally seeing the light of day in Australia. So has it been worth the wait? Based on what Roth serves up over 90 minutes, the answer is a resounding – kind of.
College freshman Justine, (Lorenzo Izzo) signs up to a social activism group seemingly on the basis of getting into the trousers of enigmatic leader Alejandro (Ariel Levy). Before she can shout ‘Hell no! We won’t go!’ she and several others end up in the Amazon protesting its deforestation. After a successful demonstration, the group fly off into the sunset, only to crash into the middle of the rainforest and get kidnapped by a cannibalistic tribe.
The Green Inferno is a love letter to the work of Ruggero Deodato. However, those wanting to get stuck straight into the main course will probably be restless as Roth takes a leisurely pace to get to the jungle. Once he does, he does so with a set piece that foreshadows the violence to come.
The film is also a middle finger to the social construct of ‘slacktivism’. Roth clearly has no time for this certain brand of protestor, spending a large part of his film painting them as backstabbing glory hunters. The after-effect being that it’s hard to decide who you’re supposed to be rooting for – the students or the villagers.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that there is any serious chin stroking to be had though, as any message The Green Inferno purports to have is drowned out by screams, blood and yes, explosive diarrhoea. So, whilst this is perhaps Roth’s most mature film to date, and looks frankly gorgeous, if you’re not already on board with the provocative style of filmmaking (Cabin Fever, Hostel), you’re going to find The Green Inferno hard to digest.