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When writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s sophomore feature “Blue Ruin” debuted at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it caused quite the stir. While much of that tense genre exercise stunned audiences, the finale hit a sour note with its “Wild Bunch”-style orgy of violence that felt like an aimless, cacophonous rampage.
It’s all the more heartening, then, that in almost every way Saulnier has upped his game with “Green Room,” his bloody, impressive follow-up.
This movie also borrows from Peckinpah’s school of dark revenge, but this time recalls the likes of the more sordid “Straw Dogs.” However, this isn’t simply some pastiche drawn from different movies to yield a collage of references, but rather very much its own film, and a remarkable one at that.
We’re introduced to the members of the hardcore punk band Ain’t Rights on the road traveling to their next gig. When opportunity sours, they’re forced to…