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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2016

Drama, Horror, Thriller
Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin) wrote and directed this survivalist horror indie, which is stylish and rinsed in a queasy yellow-green but too reliant on genre conventions to stand out. Instead of friends vacationing in a remote cabin, this features a rock band touring the Pacific Northwest (Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner), who arrive for a show in a forested town that appears to be run by skinheads. After the band members see something they shouldn't have, the skinheads lock them in the venue's green room and, as the hours pass, brutal plans are hatched on either side of the door. The violence is well choreographed and often shocking, the gore shown for only as long as a person in that situation would look before turning away. But the characters are picked off in predictable order, and a neo-Nazi angle leads to a dead end. Patrick Stewart is miscast as the skinheads' leader, his theatricality clashing with the other actors' realism.
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Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producer: Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani, Victor Moyers, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond and Vincent Savino
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, Kai Lennox and Patrick Stewart

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