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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Green Inferno - review

I've mentioned in conversation that I don't review movies as a regular practice.  I tried once, but I found that while watching the movie I became distracted. My brain was more interested in forming opinions than just enjoying what I was watching.  As a result, I decided to not bother attempting to review every movie, but if after watching a movie I feel compelled, then sure, no problem.  So what pushed me over the edge with The Green Inferno? Believe it or not, the end credits.

Yep, I'm the guy that annoys theater staff because while they're ready to clean the theater, I'm still there until the last of the credits rolls out of site.  This was particularly rewarding for me with The Green Inferno, not because of a bonus scene (there was something) but because of the credits themselves.

The first thing that caught my attention was that as the cast credits started rolling, you could see the character name and actor name like usual, but to the right of that was the Twitter handle for some of them. With social media playing such a large role in movie promotion and actors being able to interact directly with fans online, this makes total sense. Bravo, Mr Roth!

If you saw my Monthly Movie Guide post for September, then you remember the IMDb trivia snippet I included about the tribe that Eli Roth used for the film. He included a shout-out to them in the end credits, saying how nice it was to meet and work with them and that he looks forward to "dining with them soon."

The other thing that stood out to me was the history of cannibal movies that he included.  Yeah, a list of movies and facts about them in the credits.  Too fast for me to read all of it, but I thought it was a great gesture.

But what about the movie itself? Oh, I thought it was great. As gory as it was, there was plenty that wasn't shown.  Although it was inspired by Cannibal Holocaust, it didn't follow the same path, which I thought was great.  I also liked that the ending really left it up to you to decide if the characters made the right decisions.

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