For those of you who, like me, thought Turistas would be a bloody mess of a terrible film, prepare to be delightfully surprised!
At first, the film seemed like an MTV Spring Break party. All of the American tourists in Brazil are hot bodied with Beverly Hill sass, and you may find yourself rooting for the bad guys. But as the plot evolves, you discover that these tourists have gotten in so deep, you want to see how they can possible get out of their prickly pickle.
The scenery in the film is spectacular, with bright blue underwater caves and long expanses of white sand. But as with all horror films, the sweet scenery is a paradox paradise for the deadly turn of events that will unravel like small intestines loosed from their bodily cavern.
What starts as sex-driven scene stealers, becomes a skin-stealing terror-fest. And, as you will see, Americans travelling abroad have more to worry about than the radical anti-US militia in the middle east.
Melissa George and Josh Duhamel are the pretty protaganists, and obligatory love interest of the film. Together with a group of twenty-something turistas, the clan takes off from the site where their bus breaks down in the beginning fo the film to a hot seaside bar. The party soon discovers, however, that they are not so welcome in this small Brazilian town. And those who don''t want them there lead them out of the city into the middle of a dense and unfamiliar jungle - ten hours away from civilization. This is where the real welcome party awaits.
The moral of the story? If you''re an American overseas, keep an eye on your mai-tai.