Eli Roth’s latest film The Green Inferno has now arrived on Blu-Ray and Digital HD in a special director’s cut, buy which allows viewers to witness all of the violence and gore that the film offers.
The horror film tells the story of a group of naive college students who journey down to Peru to prevent a construction company from destroying a local village. Armed with cell phones and their stunningly idealistic beliefs, rx the students saunter down into the country not knowing what to expect.
When their small plane crash lands in the middle of the Amazon jungle, the students led by Ariel Levy’s Alejandro are kidnapped by a vicious tribe of cannibals. Justine (Lorenza Izzo), the main character, is the heroine of the film and is forced to participate in one of the tribe’s strange rituals.
For fans looking for Roth’s visual style and his graphic sensibilities, this film continues those traditions. However, the entire film lacks a depth of character or story. It’s a bit surprising considering that the majority of the feature’s first hour is spent before the students are kidnapped. That should’ve given co-writers Guillermo Amoedo and Roth ample time to develop strong and three-dimensional characters. Instead, the film’s contrived plot (Justine develops a crush on Alejandro, which greatly influences her decision to follow along on this trip) offers little enticement for viewers to stay tuned.
The feature’s greatest asset may be its underlying critique of a naive mindset that pushes people to become involved in issues they might not understand. Some of the major characters here believe that “doing a good thing” is better than actually being informed on an issue. It’s a mistake that leads them into grave danger. One only wishes that the movie had more to offer though.
The film recently arrived on Blu-Ray and Digital HD and includes some great special features.
Blu-Ray Features: A photo gallery and a feature-length commentary from the filmmakers and stars.