If you’ve seen Blue Ruin (and if you haven’t, Netflix—stat), you’ll know Jeremy Saulnier is a director to watch. Pleasingly, his follow-up doubles down on the exploitation feel, stranding a punk band backstage at a skinhead club where, having antagonised the crowd by playing a certain Dead Kennedys song, they witness a murder. Trapped in their green room, an ever-escalating confrontation ensues that takes in Stanley knives, pitbulls, machettes and a lip-smacking bodycount. The stunt casting of Patrick Stewart as a neo-Nazi doesn’t quite work, but there’s a down-and-dirty nastiness that makes the reflective conclusion surprisingly moving. Though the squeamish should abstain, this is a fantastic revival of punk cinema – and next week you can see a preview with live music, appropriately enough. Times
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