Release Date: December 1st, 2006 by Fox Atomic.
The Cast: Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, Desmond Askew, Beau Garrett, Max Brown, Agles Steib, Miguel Lunardi.
Directed by John Stockwell.
BASIC PREMISE: A group of tourists get marooned in the Brazilian jungle where an evil madman lurks.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Turistas works as a sexy travelogue of the Brazilian jungle and beaches with occasional gore, but, as a horror film, it fails to generate any real scares. The plot follows all of the clichés in the book including a tour bus accident which strands a bunch of tourists on near a Brazilian beach. There’s Bossy (Duhamel), his sister Bea (Wilde), her friend Amy (Garrett) and a few British tourists who they have never before. Instead of trying to get onto the next bus, they all stupidly spend the rest of the day on the beach and partying with the Brazilian locals—only to get completely robbed by them the next morning. One of the relatively friends locals, Kiko (Stieb), says that the next bus will come 2 days away and guides them into the jungle to a house they can rest at over night—or so they think. Meanwhile, a madman (Lunardi) has evil plans to torture them at the house one-by-one for reasons that won’t be spoiled here. What keeps Turistas from being suspenseful, though, is that you already know who the madman is within the first act. The second act seems to take forever until the tourists reach the secluded house with Kiko, after swimming through underwater caves and hiking up treacherous paths. Director John Stockwell includes lush, picturesque scenery, some nudity as eye candy and a little gore to make you feel queasy, especially in one long scene. Eventually, the second act deviates to the action genre and here Stockwell shows off his nice cinematography and editing skills. However, Michael Ross’ unimaginative screenplay has no surprises to spare and quickly turns this movie into a tedious mess with too many plot-holes.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Full of clichés and lacking in scares.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Imaginatively directed, but unimaginatively written. A steamy travelogue lacking in any real scares.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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