There are activists who think that hitting the share button on Facebook is enough to support a cause. Some weekend warrior activists support causes as more of a hobby rather than treating it seriously.
Director Eli Roth must truly despise those kinds of people since they are the latest to be put through the meat grinder in his latest film, “The Green Inferno.”
“I’m really not sure why I keep making the same movie and doing the same horrible things to young college students, but I’m sure it says a lot,” Roth said.
A group of student activists go from their cushy pampered lives in New York into the Amazon to stop the destruction of the rainforest and save the wildlife and tribes that call the rainforest home.
In an ironic twist the groups of students are captured by a primitive cannibalistic tribe, the same tribe that they had been trying to save.
In true Roth torture porn fashion, one by one, the students are caged and cannibalized. The teddy bear-like, loveable and innocent Johan (Aaron Burns) gets pulled apart while still alive. He screams as the natives begin munching on his flesh while still alive.
This is Roth’s return to his comfort zone genre. His earlier films “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel” are a pre cursor as to what fans or non-fans will get in “Inferno.”
Roth’s shock and awe campaign is in full form. Although the characters aren’t developed enough to have an audience care much about them, I think as a whole the terror of being captured and eaten keeps the audience aligned with the group, especially its lead protagonist.
The real center of the story is the tribe itself who is full of character. Roth found the primitive tribe in Peru and used them in the actual film.
“These people were really primitive, like they didn’t even know what ice was. When they saw ice for the first time they held it up and were amazed.” Roth recalled.
Roth had to explain to the tribe what a movie was and what their parts were going to be in his film. The entire time Roth said that the tribe thought the entire film was a comedy and would laugh hysterically between takes on set.
“Inferno” is Roth doing what he does best and giving shockingly brutal scenes for audiences to chew on, while at the same time giving a political activist underlining to the story.
It is good to see that Roth doesn’t hide his love for the cannibal film genre at all and instead has an entire chronological list of all his favorites at the end of the credits of “Inferno.” He stands firmly behind borrowing from the movies he loves.
During the “Inferno” Q and A at Fantastic Fest, he told the audience about how he would love for “Inferno” to do well so that we could all see a resurgence of cannibal films. I have to agree this would be a welcomed sight and might even raise BBQ sales in some parts of the country.