The Green Inferno (2013) Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Magda Apanowicz, Sky Ferreira Movie Review

The Green Inferno (2013)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Lorenza Izzo in The Green Inferno (2013)

Cannibal Hostel

Unlike her friend, Justine (Lorenza Izzo) gives a damn about what is going on in other countries around the world and despite her father (Richard Burgi) trying to warn her off she still joins a group of activists lead by Alejandro (Ariel levy) who head to Peru to protest the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. But when they board their plane to leave it ends up having problems and crashing in to the rain forest. With those who survive needing to get to safety they find themselves being taken by a tribe of cannibals where some realise it is not just the cannibals they need to fear.

I wonder if Eli Roth sits down before making a movie and looks through some sort of notebook where over time he has collected everything he can think of which would disturb a regular person. I say this because as I watched "The Green Inferno" I thought to myself, beyond the scenes which are there to intentionally disturb the audience the rest of the movie is not that interesting. In fact a group of activists who end up stranded in the Amazon and taken captive by a tribe is little more than another battle to survive and escape movie which in fact fills the first third of the movie with mostly filler as the activism side of it end up unimportant.

But to give credit where it is due and when it comes to delivering disturbing scenes Eli Roth certainly knows how to deliver them. Now in "The Green Inferno" these range from the almost tame with a man going to urinate in the jungle yet we see a spider crawling uncomfortably close to his dick to scenes referencing the barbaric nature of FGM. But of course most of the disturbing scenes involve cannibalism and as such eyes being gouged out, tongues cut out and limbs hacked off are all part of the arsenal of shocks which fill "The Green Inferno. And look, I won't deny when you have a scene featuring a young girl skinning a hacked off leg it does make me feel uncomfortable but I want more with the humour which is thrown in not being enough to make this more than just a shock-fest.

What this all boils down to is that if you enjoy watching Gore and enjoy feeling uncomfortable by scenes intended to disturb then you should enjoy "The Green Inferno". But if you want more than just the gore of brutal cannibalism then you are likely to find this all a bit too reliant on the shocks to work.