The Green Inferno (2013) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Eli Roth
Starring: David Campbell, Ted Prior
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Universal Studios
New York college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) meets student activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy) when he goes on a hunger strike on behalf of underpaid janitors. Smitten, she agrees to help Alejandro undertake his next project: rescuing an Amazon village from destruction by a greedy multinational corporation. But Justine soon comes to regret her decision when their plane crashes in the Peruvian jungle and the students realize they are not alone. No good deed goes unpunished as the well-meaning students are captured by the cannibalistic tribe they came to save.
I was about as happy as anyone to see The Green Inferno finally get a release. I’m actually a big fan of Eli Roth’s movies and this one was basically an Eli Roth movie, meaning it was what I expected. Now, if you like his stuff that means you’ll like this. If you aren’t into his work, then you just won’t be all that into this one either. Oddly enough, you might feel you’re back watching Hostel 2 with this one early on. It takes about 45 minutes or so before we finally do head out into the jungle and all that time before is spent with our leading lady, Justine (Lorenza Izzo), her friend (not very well acted by Sky Ferreira), and a group of activists that are played up to the point of being caricatures. Characters in an Eli Roth movie have this very weird vibe about them. You get your normal people and you get these random folks that seem almost out of some other world with the way they act and speak. I’m use to it, but it’s here as it has been there in both Cabin Fever and the Hostel films. Does it hurt things? Not for me, but some could be turned off from it. The cannibal side of things is really good here. I did expected this to play as a full-on cannibal movie’s greatest hits and some things are touched on, but I almost feel like Eli held back on the cannibal side of things just a bit. We have blood and gore, we have some very gruesome stuff, but it still feels a bit tame when compared to other cannibal classics like Make Them Die Slowly (Cannibal Ferox) and Cannibal Holocaust. I’m not saying he should have shot for shot re-created scenes from those films, but outside a pretty nifty butcher job, most the real gore seems to come other areas outside the cannibals.
Now, nitpicking aside, I still think there is a lot of things this movie does right. The plot is set-up in such a way that a lot of the plot twists and turns are pretty clever or at least clever enough. It becomes one of those films where things just have a way of coming back around and fitting. Maybe a little too nice of a fit, but I am not in any way complaining about it. It isn’t a dull time at all watching these dumb kids get themselves into a horrible situation and since it is an Eli Roth film we always find time for some dark comedy on-top of the very serious situation. Lorenza Izzo may be Eli’s wife and with her casting as of late for Roth he might be starting to touch over into Rob Zombie territory a bit, but the woman can act and I think she is great in this movie. It helps if our leading lady is likable and she may be playing naive character here, but she’s likable and that helps seal the deal with The Green Inferno. It is a nice take on the cannibal movie and while I’m not in love with it, I can say it is totally fun and watchable, with the watch-ability and being easily able to finish it making it by default the third best cannibal movie ever made behind Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox. And before anyone calls that into question, just how many GOOD cannibal movies have you seen? I can probably count them on one hand and now I will happily add The Green Inferno to that list I’m counting.
– Feature Commentary – With co-writer, director and producer Eli Roth, producer Nicolás López, and stars Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara
– Photo Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 96%