United Nations lawyer’s daughter, Justine (Lorenza Izzo), is a college freshman at Columbia University. She becomes interested in a social activism group on her campus when she meets a student activist named Alejandro (Ariel Levy). As the leader of the activist group, Alejandro, together with his girlfriend Kara, plan a trip to the Amazon rainforest to protect ancient native tribes living there by stopping a company from logging. Justine, believing that she could help by bringing attention to the issue through the influence of his father, agrees to join Alejandro’s group to save the Amazon. However, Justine’s roommate, Kaycee, thinks that the mission is stupid and therefore stays behind. The group travels from New York City to the Amazon and proceeds with their plan. After their dangerous protest in the logging site, the activist group leaves the area. As the plane leaves, it crashes in the vast green landscape of Peruvian jungle, where they soon discover that they are not alone and they must fight for survival.
The Green Inferno has become an intriguing movie after it faced delays and bans, due to what they say “disturbing and brutal scenes”, before it was released in theaters. I myself was one of those who got intrigued and was thrilled to watch the film. Unfortunately, to my surprise, it didn’t meet my expectations, or maybe I just expected a lot because of the feedbacks saying it is so shocking and gross as if you haven’t seen anything like it before. Yes, it is for those who have strong stomachs, but it is not as gruesome as promised. Acting was not really that great, except for the lead actress. Nevertheless, the cinematography was beautiful and the make-up effects are impressive.
Overall, the film is interesting and suspenseful. With a tribe of bloodthirsty-hungry cannibals as the center of the story, The Green Inferno has some really good blood, nastiness and gore, but ultimately not enough. And because the plot is quite simple and ordinary, the movie is neither boring, nor especially scary. However, it is still not your family-friendly movie for you might still experience some shock and stomach churns. If you have a weak stomach, you may want to watch it on an empty stomach or better yet, finish your popcorn first before seeing this film because you might find your empty popcorn bucket useful afterwards.