The Green Inferno

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Vile, insulting, incompetent, hateful cannibal movie.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Nothing remotely positive. In fact, the movie suggests that it's OK to hate other cultures, to treat women poorly, and to send fellow human beings to their doom if we don't agree with them. It uses torture and gore as spectacle.

Positive Role Models & Representations

These characters are all paper-thin, and half of them are also selfish and greedy.

Violence

Cannibalism: characters are chopped to bits, prepared, cooked, and eaten. Severed limbs, plucked eyes, severed tongue. Gallons upon gallons of blood. Drinking blood. A character is eaten raw, with entrails and intestines shown. A plane crash shows characters impaled and falling to their deaths. A head is sliced open on a plane propeller. Arrows through necks and heads. Darts in necks. Suicide by neck-slicing (spurting blood). Gory skeletons. A classroom discussion about female genital mutilation. Suggested cutting of vagina. Guns and shooting. Vomiting and defecating. Ant attack. Nightmare scene. Other gory stuff.

Sex

Brief female nudity. Partial (partly obscured) male full-frontal nudity. A character begins to masturbate (under his clothes). College students shown sleeping together. Some kissing. Young women shown in bras and panties. Some innuendo.

Language

Not constant, but several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "gay," "whore," "raped," "retarded," and more.

Consumerism

A scene at Zabar's; Zabar's also mentioned in a later scene. Apple products shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A college student has a bag of pot and smokes a joint. Later the pot is shoved into a woman's corpse; when it's cooked, the cannibals get high from the smoke. A man drinks wine with lunch. A celebration with beers. Brief smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Green Inferno is an extremely gory cannibal/torture/horror movie from Eli Roth. It contains incredible amounts of violence and blood; characters are sliced up, cooked, and eaten, as well impaled and chopped up in a plane crash. Both men and women are briefly seen fully and/or partially naked; young women are also shown in bras and panties, and there's brief innuendo and kissing. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." A character gets a bag of pot and smokes a joint; the pot becomes part of the plot later and is used to get a whole tribe of cannibals high. Roth has an enthusiastic fan club; they'll definitely want to see this, and they may even forgive it. But for most viewers, it will be a truly vile, amateurish, hateful, insulting experience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written byJWilliams303 September 26, 2015

Not One Worth Seeing

Unless if you are a HUGE fan of Eli Roth and his movies, you'll definitely want to pass on this one, heck even then if you were a fan of his, you might be... Continue reading
Adult Written byMovieCritic699 January 2, 2016

Thanks a lot Eli Roth, for bringing back an old prejudice in the form of a bad movie. >:(

Ever since James Cameron's AVATAR back in 2009, The Acceptance of Foul Language, Sexuality, Nudity & B-Movie Violence has increased tenfold. El... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byemir October 24, 2015

Eli Roth's best movie.

I totally agree that this movie has a lot of blood and gore. But also some funny scenes which I laughed. It,s not really a dark movie because it has funny chara... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 October 17, 2015

Not terrible, not great.

The Green Inferno was an okay film. I wanted to see the movie. The acting was meh, although Lorenzo Izzo (Eli Roth's wife) gave her best and as expected, i... Continue reading

What's the story?

College freshman Justine (Lorenza Izzo), whose father is a UN lawyer, decides to become an activist to help stop female genital mutilation in other countries. She joins the charismatic Alejandro (Ariel Levy) on a trip to the Amazon to demonstrate against big companies bulldozing the rainforest. On the way back, their plane crashes, and a group of survivors is captured by a strange tribe of cannibals. If they can hold on, they might be rescued -- or they could try to escape. But infighting and an unexpected betrayal complicate matters, and none of them may ever make it out of the jungle.

Is it any good?

Director Eli Roth returns to the director's chair with this vile, incompetent, dumb, hateful cannibal torture film. The movie goes wrong in so many ways, it's hard to know where to start. First, there's the atrocious acting, which isn't helped by sub-par writing or a collection of blatantly stolen movie cliches. The clumsy directing is either overly staged or consists of bad shaky-cam work. And the gore is strong, but it's freak show stuff, with no specific purpose other than to shock.

The movie's take on non-Western cultures (i.e., if it's different it must be wrong, and/or scary) is insulting; this comes from Roth's decades-old source material, the controversial Cannibal Holocaust (1980), whose working title was THE GREEN INFERNO. Finally, there's Roth's questionable treatment of his now-wife, star Izzo, whose character is tortured, bloodied, and nearly drowned. This isn't a healthy movie. Hopefully Roth's fan club will finally draw the line here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Green Inferno's incredible violence and gore. What is its purpose? Did it make you squirm? Scream? Did it make you feel sick? Why do some people seek out this kind of content? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

  • Is the movie scary? How does it compare to other kinds of horror films about victims?

  • How does the movie treat its female characters?

  • How does the movie view other cultures?

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