Cannibal Holocaust Pt. II came out today, but many of you probably know it by its official name: The Green Inferno.
The new movie from director Eli Roth has finally hit theaters after much buzz on social media, and if you like your horror with a side of comedy, it’s worth checking out.
It all starts with college freshman Justine (Lorenza Izzo) being woken by the chants of protesters outside her window. Their cries are intruding, their self-importance more so. They lack an inner Rosa Parks or a Gloria Steinem and instead encompass the role of those that think activism is trendy. They find themselves to be saints and saviors when really they’re privileged knights in rusting armor. Oh so edgy.
A lecture on female genital mutilation leads our heroine to this group, and it’s clear that she doesn’t fit in. As if her name doesn’t say it all, she genuinely cares about the people of the world. This is a stark contrast to Alejandro (Ariel Levy), the leader of the pack, who believes negative action leads to positive change. His solution to stopping female genital mutilation would be to go to the villages that partake in this custom and shame them for the world to see. A better life, he insists, as his air of superiority wordlessly labels these people as animals.
At one of the group’s meetings, it’s announced that a trip to the Amazon is being organized to stop a construction company’s path of deforestation which would displace many indigenous peoples. The plan? Bring their cell phones along (of course!) so the world can see the chaos stirred up when they chain themselves to trees in the bulldozer’s path.
No one should be shocked when things don’t go according to plan. Stuck in the green inferno and in the hands (and eventually the stomachs) of a cannibalistic tribe, the clueless and sometimes malignant nature of these SJWs comes to light.
The Green Inferno is bloody although surprisingly not as gore-filled as its namesake. Each death is comedic and every struggle these students go through merits a chuckle. It’s enjoyable seeing these people, who care more about publicity than their cause, suffer, and this is where it varies from Cannibal Holocaust. The tone of the latter, especially in the last act, is serious and unnerving. Here, life is simply mock-serious; it’s a laugh at 20-somethings who feel that they know the world just because they took a sociology class their first year of college.
It’s not groundbreaking by any means, but it’s still a fun, quick ride. Even with a lackluster ending, somewhat bearable acting and an unnecessary mid-credits scene, I think it should be added to people’s watch lists, albeit their Redbox one.
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