If you don't like this, we can't be friends.
Excellent but underrated film
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
It was pretty good but the writing kind of sucked. Director Eli Roth is not that good of director but actually is a cool dude but when it came to hostel part 2 this one looks better.
Paul Magne Haakonsen
This Eli Roth movie is pretty straight forward in terms of horror and gorefest movies go, so don't expect to be blown away by anything remotely revolutionary.The storyline was predictable, but still have enough gore and gruesomeness to make it watchable.Granted that the movie was predictable and generic, then it was well worth sitting through it to watch the gruesome torture scenes and the inventive ways that writer and director Eli Roth came up with ways of how to inflict bodily harm and pain upon people. With scenes such as these, then it is a make or break whether or not the scenes are believable and can make the audience cringe. Eli Roth is certainly good at making the audience cringe.The characters in the movie were actually quite nicely fleshed out, pardon the pun. More than others, obviously. I will say that Jay Hernandez actually carried the movie quite nicely throughout the entire course of the movie.I remember watching this movie when it was first released, and I was somewhat impressed back in the day. However, after revisiting it now some 13 years later, I am not all that impressed anymore. The movie is still entertaining, but in terms of storyline and plot it was mediocre. It is the grotesque torture that keeps the movie afloat.
171031: A second rate slasher flick. Nothing really stands out to me, not even the story. Hostel II however...
Everyone else has already mentioned the drawn out intro, the lack of character development, the bland characters, and the senseless plot. I will not continue to harp on those points. What really took me out of this movie within it's meatier bits are the stupid antics of the survivor. Movies are no stranger to the idea of someone surviving massive blood loss, but most make some attempt to couch this in reality (unless it's the villain), and normally I wouldn't much care. This movie shoves it in your face.He has his hand sliced open with a chainsaw (not to mention the other wounds), and at no point does he bandage or cauterize or even disinfect the wound in some way. The entire time I was waiting for him to at least get dizzy from it, but he runs around the rest of the film completely fine. He winces when he puts on gloves, but that's about it. And he can't even curl his "missing" fingers into the palm in later scenes.He miraculously makes it to a car undetected, but then runs back to save Kana, only to cut off her detached eye. A) Going back in was a ridiculous decision, and it makes no sense that they got out again just as easily. B) A doctor could have saved the eye as long as the optic nerve wasn't severed, you idiot! But it's fine because they somehow miraculously run over the scouters, only to ditch the car instead of having a car chase. Like hmm, maybe a hospital or a police precinct in another town would be a good idea? At least when you hit Germany, I mean, sepsis, anyone? But no, revenge!Even though her injuries aren't that bad, Kana kills herself, and yet the train keeps running. Even if the city was completely lawless, police would've stopped the train at least long enough to identify the body. I mean someone's got to clean it up. Can't be driving a bloody train over country lines.This film asks you to suspend your disbelief over and over throughout, and while I normally have a large tolerance for that, but this is ridiculous. Not in an over-the-top fun thrill ride sort of way, but in a nagging, 'You are watching a terrible fake movie,' sort of way. The more I think about it, the lower the rating gets!