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Discussion in 'General' started by ReelFear, Jun 8, 2007.
There's a mind in need of cleaning. :lol:
So I saw this film yesterday. As some may know, I hated the first one, so I was pretty biased when I watched the sequel. Not only did I expect it to be awful, I wanted it to be awful.
And thus, I am sad to say, I didn't think it was awful. I don't think it was very good either - tonally, it's all over the place, and Roth still seems to think characterization is a throwaway line of dialogue - but it's definitely an improvement on the first.
I liked the "bidding" scene. I liked the "comeuppance" of one of the villains (I think it's pretty obvious which one), and although I think the "twist" is a cop-out the way it's written, I still kinda liked it.
What I'm not so sure about ... The Heather Matarazzo torture scene. I think the whole blood-bath thing is a pretty cool idea, and there are some visuals in that scene that are shocking (in a good way); but Matarazzo's raw performance also makes it a tough scene to sit through. The over-the-top nature of the act is in itself a good idea, but the realism of the acting takes out all the (admittedly twisted) pleasure of the scene. Does that make sense?
I haven't changed my mind regarding "torture porn" (and no: I won't stop using that term), I'm not and never will be a fan. This film was about as "good" as Turistas in my mind.
I really didn't like some of the "offbeat" humor. I thought the film fell flat on its ass during those scenes. The overlong intro was unnecessary. The whole "ethics of the torturer"-stuff was so lame and obvious (
omg, the apparently-sick guy cracks when push comes to shove! And the shy guy is a closet-sadist! I can't believe my eyes!
I did like that a couple of scenes were shot in Iceland. That automatically elevates any film above awfulness.
I didn't like the second one that much--definitely not as much as I liked the first one. The first one struck me as quirky and gratuitous and ridiculous, where the second one struck me more as someone saying "Okay guys, you had your fun, but now it's time to make a real movie". Like they took the fun out of it and replaced it with, I dunno, above-average suspense. It was all right, but like a lot of sequels that try to be different from their predecessors, it ended up being so different that it lost most of the original "magic" (if Hostel could be said to have had magic, that is).
I liked it a lot. One of the better sequels I've seem from a new horror flick. Keeps ya entertained to say the least.