The Green Inferno: Eli Roth’s Misguided Descent into Cannibal Hell (and Slacktivism)
Jason Coffman
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As a Green Party liberal, I wasn’t sure that I was gonna appreciate Eli’s approach towards political and social protesting. The concept in general was worrisome to me that I’d be easily offended.

Thankfully, it hits a good nerve and rings true.

Using the cannibal sub genre tropes on a fairly superficial level, Roth crafts a horror satire of sorts — both funny and dramatic — of young naivete. Specifically college age naivete. Throw in some cultural division, hypocrisy and taken for granted luxuries, and we get something of a surprise; less a gore fest and more a creative comment.

I really don’t think he was smugly looking down on a generation, though I can understand the finger pointing observation. This must be a subject that he’s passionate about — the misinformed acting misguidedly — so that edge is possible. But to feel superior to his characters? I’d be willing to bet he holds a “bless them” feeling, in that he doesn’t wish ill, but uses them as examples for critical cultural analysis.

Thoughtless and obnoxious condemnation, or condemnation of being obnoxiously thoughtless?

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