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The Green Inferno (2013)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Released: 1/5/2016
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Review by Mike Long, Posted on 1/27/2016
Everyone has something about which they are truly passionate and for my wife, it is justice. She can't tolerate a situation which is unfair or where one party gets favorable treatment over another. Be it in the criminal justice system or in a football game, she gets very upset if things aren't on an even playing field. If she were as passionate about movies as I am, then she would be livid that Eli Roth continues to be given the means to make movies. Over the last 13 years, he has directed five movies, none of which are good, and he's been involved with countless others. From the outside, it appears that it's his friendship with Quentin Taratino that keeps him working, as his filmography certainly doesn't justify it. His output goes from bad to pointless with The Green Inferno.
Idealistic college student Justine (Lorenza Izzo) is looking to get involved in a cause and finds herself drawn to activist Alejandro (Ariel Levy). Jonah (Aaron Burns) helps Justine to get into the group, where she learns that they are planning a trip to Peru to attempt to stop a construction crew which is tearing down the rainforest there. When Alejandro learns that Justine's father works for the UN, she is in. Soon, Justine finds herself flying to Peru and enjoying the local sites. Following this, the group enters the forest where they stage their protest. Once this has concluded, they board a small plane, which crashes in the jungle. The survivors are captured by a tribe of cannibals and taken to their village, where they are placed in a cage and forced to await their fate.
The Green Inferno is Roth's love-letter to the Italian cannibal movies of the 1970s and 1980s, such as 1980's Cannibal Holocaust and 1981's Cannibal Ferox. This isn't an assumption on my part. The end credits actually contain a filmography of Italian cannibal, and the credits conclude with "Per Ruggero", which refers to Cannibal Holocaust Director Ruggero Deodato. But, this isn't just a tribute to those films, it's a flat-out rip-off of them. Not unlike his buddy Quentin, Roth has been accused of simply remaking movies that he loves, and The Green Inferno is no exception. There is nothing original here and what little story there is (the above synopsis pretty much covers everything) can be traced back to other movies.
This should be enough to make us question Roth's "talent". But, the real proof is in the fact that he gets nothing right in The Green Inferno, even when he's copying others. For starters, well, there are no starters. I guess that it's admirable that the movie attempts give us some character development, but it takes far too long for anything truly interesting to happen. We see Justine at college, then the group traveling to Peru, then the protest (which I believe is meant to be suspenseful, but it isn't), then the plane crash, and finally, they are captured by the natives. Let's face it, anyone who signed up for this movie came to see scenes of brutality like those seen in the movies which inspired The Green Inferno. And if Roth knows anything, it's how to be gross, right? No, he drops the ball here as well. Given that this is the "Director's Cut' on the Blu-ray Disc, we expect the second half of the film to be non-stop gore and depravity...but it isn't. Now, this certainly isn't a Disney movie and there are dismemberments and disembowelments, but the camera often cuts away. I typically don't advocate for movies aimed at gorehounds, but if any movie should have brought us over-the-top blood-letting, it should have been this one.
No, instead of eye-popping gore, disgusting brutality, or nail-biting suspense, we get a scene where a woman has diarrhea. Is this a real movie? I think that most people will go into The Green Inferno expecting to be repulsed by the violence, but instead, you'll be repulsed by the poor filmmaking. Obviously, there's a reason why the movie was completed in 2013, but not released until two years later. And there's Eli Roth, traveling the world and making bad movies. How is that fair?
The Green Inferno made me wonder why anyone would wear bright yellow while attempting to escape through the jungle on Blu-ray Disc courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film has been letterboxed at 2.35:1 and the Disc contains an AVC 1080p HD transfer which runs at an average of 34 Mbps. The image is very sharp and clear, showing no overt and no defects from the source materials. The movie certainly lives up to its title, as the greens here look fantastic, especially when contrasted with the group's yellow suits. The image is never overly dark or bright. The level of detail is excellent, as is the depth, which shows good separation between the foreground and background. The Disc carries a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which runs at 48 kHz and an average of 4.5 Mbps. The track provides clear dialogue and sound effects. The soundtrack comes to life once the action reaches the jungle, where we are treated to good stereo and surround effects. Some of these sounds are nicely defined. The plane crash provides notable subwoofer action.
The Green Inferno Blu-ray Disc contains only two extra features. Along with a PHOTO GALLERY, we get an AUDIO COMMENTARY from Co-Writer/Director/Producer Eli Roth, Producer Nicolas Lopez, and actors Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, and Daryl Sabara.
Review Copyright 2016 by Mike Long