Hostel: Part III Reviews
This Hostel movie kind of deviated from the plot of the last 2 movies. The last two movies were more gory and violent. Hostel 3 was not at all as gory as I expected. The last two movies started out as college kids or people from out of town being abducted and taken to the Hostel where they were slowly tortured for money. Hostel 3 is a bit of a twist and I actually really liked it. *SPOILER* In Hostel 3 the casino is like the Hostel and the people in the casino get to bet on how they think the guy is going to kill the victim and they can bet on what the victim is going to say/do. I thought it was kind of creative....but different. I didn't really like that it was different from the rest of the movies, but it was a nice twist. I also liked the many, many twists in the film. Every time you thought the film was over, it wasn't. And every time you thought something bad was going to happen, it didn't. It was well thought out. It wasn't like a shitty plot. There were actual plot points that made the movie go in a bunch of different directions. There were actually A LOT of plot points. In my screenwriting class my teacher was always like "where's the twist in your story? where are your plot points?" well I bet if I had as many plot points as this film I would've gotten a better grade in that class.
There was even a deeper story to this one. It was like a bachelor party/revenge scheme it was pretty interesting. I'm not saying this movie was super amazing- it definitely was not. The SFX were definitely the worst of the 3 films, and the script needed some work for sure. Those awful one liners were definitely not as frequent in the last 2 movies. I just like how the director put a creative twist onto the Hostel movies. It was a daring move making a sequel to and not sticking to the same formula as the previous Hostels. I liked it though.
Bunch of young guys and some sexy skirts get abducted by a few big meat heads and dragged off to be slaughtered for the entertainment of ultra rich folk, just your usual Saturday night out round these parts.
Much like 'Saw' the first film was good and original, the second also just got by but after number two they should stop. The idea has been used and the novelty is over, from here on its just the same thing but with new sick ways to murder people and this third film is just that. The only difference that the 'Saw' franchise has is the reasonable story throughout which contains reasonable twists n turns, this Hostel flick is just a stand alone story with nothing new to offer.
And honestly; it's not a lot. He's managed to spin the franchise in a new (but still thematic) direction, without really giving us anything new or even unexpected. There's extra costumes, new (as Jigsaw would put it) "games" and a different cast, but it is essentially the same set up and (no pun intended) execution. The "misdirects" are painfully obvious, and the characters are two-dimensional at best.
The couple of new things brought to the table are intriguing to be fair. The change of setting to America doesn't necessarily improve the film, but at least it freshens the thing a tiny amount. It also implies that the Elite Hunters (who run the seedy murderous underworld of the Hostel franchise) reach much further than we're originally shown, which, once again doesn't technically make the film better, at least it's a mildly interesting point to jump from.
No actor stands out, no "game" stuck in my mind. What we have here is a moderately intriguing, but not strictly speaking "good" addition to the old horror series, that may have scraped up just enough points to not completely kill the franchise.
At the end is an interesting and enjoyable movie but a little bad for those not so fans of such movies.