Is it the end of March already? Just seems like yesterday the new year came in. I've heard it only goes by faster the older a person gets. I'm not sure if that is a good thing since I already feel like there isn't enough time in the day to get things done as it is. Mostly I just wish I had all the time in the world to just sit around and watch movies. Oh and post reviews of them too of course. I did managed to work in the movie Turistas (2006) yesterday. I started to post a review of it but changed my mind once I found out I didn't watch the deleted scenes yet. Turistas has both the unrated and rated versions on the disk. I watched the unrated of course but learned later there is only roughly two minutes worth of added material in the unrated.
Alex (Josh Duhamel) and his sister Bea (Olivia Wilde), along with Bea's friend Amy (Beau Garrett), are on a bus somewhere in Brazil. I have no idea where they are going but they are going somewhere. They have been backpacking it through Brazil seeing the sights. On the bus are Finn (Desmond Askew) and Liam (Max Brown), two friends from down under I believe. You will also find Pru (Melissa George). The bus driver is driving rather wildly, all over the road and going a little fast as well. After avoiding some people walking on the road and almost going off the side of a cliff, everyone realizes they have to get off the bus in a hurry. Everyone manages to get off before the bus goes flipping down the side of the cliff. The bad news is there won't be another bus for two hours. It is durring this time, while waiting on the other bus, that everyone I talked about already gets to know each other and team up. They notice two women from the bus walking by with some drinks and ask where they got them from. They are told there is a bar on the beach so they all decide to go check it out. What they find is a nice beach with a bar on it, they decide to stay there and party instead of going back to wait for the bus. As they party they meet two other people that are travelers. The bartender makes a call to someone and tells the person that these people are there at the bar and they are all his. Eventually we notice that they are all acting a little strange.
In the morning they figure out that they had been druged and all their stuff is missing. Even their shoes! At least they got to keep their clothes on their backs. Anyways, they can't find the couple they had met the night before (because they had been kidnaped are being taken through the jungle) and make off for the town that is near by. They find Kiko (Agles Steib), a guy they met at the bar and he tells them that he will take them to his uncles house because it isn't safe for them in the town. The "uncle" is actually a doctor (Miguel Lunardi) who...well I will just let you watch the movie and figure that out on your own.
The effects, while well done, aren't really what I was expecting for this movie. Ok, that is only a half truth. It was what I was expecting but I thought there would be a lot more of it since it seems to go out of its way to compare itself to Hostel. Fingers get sliced off. Someone else falls and goes splat. The big money shot is that of a surgery that is taking place while the person is still alive and somewhat awake. This is no minor surgery either. I'm not sure how realistic it turned out but was rather gross looking all the same.
The acting was good as well. No real character devolpment though. Desmond Askew could be pretty funny at times and you have to like the accent. The real stand out to me was Josh Duhamel. He did a great job with his character and I also liked the character a lot as well. Alex was a smart guy, always questioning what was going on. Everyone did a pretty good job of acting. Just that with so many characters, it was hard to flesh them all out but then again, maybe they didn't want to since they knew not all of them would make it through the movie. That is find but it works better when we get to know a character and care for that character when something bad happens.
As you can see, I have liked the acting and effects. What I didn't like was the story itself. It wasn't a bad story, actually made a little sense as to why tourists were disappearing. The reason I didn't like it is because it is so full of plot holes. The bar tender tells the doctor there are eight people for him to take and they end up only taking two. Why? Kiko ends up taking the rest to the house but again, why? He never appeared to be part of the set up. His reason is explained in a deleted scene which really should have stayed in the movie. Zamora (the doctor) kills one of his henchmen because he messed up but they all seemed like a bunch of screw ups to me. There is a big chase scene in a network of caves that is partly in water which was pretty cool. They had some nice camera work through this. The ending was ok but again there was a plot hole there that I won't get into here. The alternate ending was only slightly better.
The other problem is something I said earlier, that Turistas goes out of its way to compare itself to Hostel. American tourists who are backpacking it. Something bad happens to them. They even have a quote on the box saying how much of a better movie it is to Hostel. While this is all fine and good, it suckered me in after all, Turistas is nothing like Hostel in the end. I could explain the difference here but that would, in the end, ruin the movie. I try not to do that unless the movie just sucks really bad to begin with. If you want to see this movie that is fine, it isn't to bad of a movie, just not a great one. But please don't think you are getting a Hostel knock off because you will be disappointed.
3 out of 5 Will screen my henchmen better
5 days ago