Movie Review: The Green Inferno

I finally sat down this week to watch The Green Inferno after what seemed like the longest I have ever waited to see a movie I was really interested in. This Eli Roth film has been in the works for many years and was delayed even longer just when it looked like it was about to be released. It eventually got a small theatrical release in the Fall of 2015 and was then released on home video. And after hearing mixed reviews, I hesitated on purchasing it until this weekend.

The movie revolves around a group of college student activists who gather together to prevent the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. The group, led by Alejandro (Ariel Levy), are joined by a new recruit named Justine (Lorenza Izzo). Justine really wanted to be a part of this, but her worst fears soon became a reality when the group arrived at their destination. They chained themselves to trees and construction equipment but Justine’s locked would not close. Alejandro set this up and if Justine was shot or hurt in any way, he would at least have this crime recorded on his phone. Angered, Justine was ready to return home when the group’s plane suddenly crashed in the middle of the rainforest. Stranded and lost in the wilderness, the group is soon attacked by a native tribe that feeds on humans. The cannibalistic tribe kidnaps the surviving members and now they must try to survive this horror.

I definitely understand why I had seen mixed reviews on this movie. When Eli Roth is associated with a movie, there is a certain expectation. The director of Cabin Fever and Hostel is known for gore and a sense of humor often seen in comedies. And while The Green Inferno definitely had its gory moments, these blood-soaked scenes didn’t occur until the movie was halfway over. But, to me, the humor in Roth’s usual work seemed absent. I think that this movie just didn’t have the place for that humor, but I noticed that right away. But overall, the movie is very good. It is haunting and the fear of being lost and alone in an unfamiliar area is prevalent. While it is no Cannibal Holocaust, The Green Inferno is definitely worth a viewing by fans of Roth and horror fans in general.

Daryl Karpinski, Jr.