Hostel

A Film Review By Michael Haley

Starring: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson 
Directed By: Eli Roth 
Rated: R for Violence, language, nudity and gore 

Final Grade: 

Box Office Bullet Points: The Movie In A Nutshell

* Lots of untapped potential here…to what extent do humans desire to
torture (or act out whatever physically depraved fantasies) towards others? Roth gives us a compelling subject as an excuse for gore instead of the other way around.

*One nice camera shot in the film, towards the beginning a member of the discotheque moves in a direction opposite the movement of the camera, and for half a second, I was transfixed. It never happened again.

*No nice lines of dialogue, with characters throwing away the word gay loosely and whom are doctoral students. Maybe not an implausible stretch if one spends much time on campus here at ISU.

*Eli Roth isn’t totally without talent, as despite Cabin Fever absolute awfulness, at least he was ambitious in his failure. This movie really fails in its single minded purpose, but it was really unnecessary.

As John Waters once said, there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste, and this film fits into the latter. Although the gore is not as ample
as some ads might have one believe, what remains is repugnant enough to repel the audience (and in saying as an audience I can only mean me). With two major films beneath his belt, Eli Roth has succeeded in shouting loud that he is a force to be reckoned with in terms of depravity and nastiness. He has yet to whisper something else more interesting.

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