The Green Inferno (2013)

The Green Inferno
Director: Eli Roth
Writer: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira, Magda Apanowicz, Nicolás Martínez, Aaron Burns, Richard Burgi
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas special

Justine (Lorenza Izzo) is a young college student who is fascinated by a Alejandro (Ariel Levy) and the group of activists he leads. So when she gets the chance to accompany them to the Amazon to save an indigenous tribe and their homes, she jumps at the chance. But unfortunately that could very well be the worst decision of her life: First their bit of activism goes very wrong and then they find themselves in the clutches of a cannibalistic tribe.

The Green Inferno is a tribute to the 70s/80s Italian cannibal movies and it does a pretty perfect version of one of those films. As they tend to be offensive as hell, that’s not necessarily a good thing. But it is entertaining.


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John Carter (2012)

John Carter
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon
Based on: Edgar Rice Burroughs‘s novel A Princess of Mars
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Haden Church

John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) calls his nephew Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara) to come to him, just before he dies. When Edgar arrives – just a bit too late – he gets John’s diary and starts to read about how John traveled to Mars many years ago with the help of a mysterious amulet. On Mars, he found himself captured by an alien tribe and then caught in a war that threatens the entire planet.

John Carter delivers exactly what you expect it to: brainless but extremely entertaining action with campy performances. Is it great film-making? No. But it’s great entertainment.

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