TURISTAS is not the HOSTEL clone that it may appear to be, although it likely benefited from the box office success of Eli Roth's film. The two are notably different, although there are some commonalities between the two, considering that they both center around a group of American tourists being abducted and tortured in a foreign land. Here, the tourists are kidnapped by a maligned organ thief in the jungles of Brazil after being stranded and robbed by the locals. The story and actions taken by the characters feel much less scripted and more naturalistic than those in HOSTEL, with a plot that is conceivable and visceral gore that focuses on being realistic over being sensational or graphic. The jungles make for a gorgeous and intimidating setting, and the Brazilians hired in the antagonist roles maintain the films integrity by speaking fluent Portuguese and never pushing the roles to any level of super-villainy. The American actors also offer better than usual acting, though we never grow close enough to any of them to establish any true empathy for the characters. Other than that, though, the film is generally very good. It moves at a steady pace, has many grueling deaths, and is a fun watch. It does not achieve the excessive level of gruesome gore as the so-called 'Torture-Porn' entries of the same year, and should not be readily compared to them, but fans of the kidnap and kill scenario that was kicked off again with HOSTEL will be very happy with this one.
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