A sequel that smartly expands its scope of focusing on its protagonists and antagonists, surpassing the original in Grand Guignol violence and morbid humor. It does feel largely like just a more-serious retread, that's less deeper thematically and as a mirror of the international perception of America's fictitious war on terror. While, despite its gruesomeness being upped, there also isn't quite enough stimulation.
I would say it's an upgrade from the previous one, but they're substantially different movies. This time our douchebags become gullible, naive and dare I say, stupid ladies, I'll be it until they become life threatened. Not to fear though, men are still present and we have the pleasure to see one of them transitioning from a normal guy to what Eli fears the most: a man ... and then a woman somehow.
The bleach-bypass, hyperstylized, *filmic* look, in addition its expansion on the established mythology by manipulating us into projecting ourselves onto a would-be torturer, and even evoking the classic horror "Most Dangerous Game," all put this over the top for me. A surprising improvement over the original and the best Eli Roth film I've seen.
By most measures, "Hostel: Part II" is a smarter, more visually lush sequel that broadens the scope of the "Hostel" world; the movie boasts a stellar lead in Laura German and sneaks in a canny capitalist takedown to boot. That said, for all its aesthetic value—including a literal Elizabeth Bathory-style blood bath designed to shock and appall—Eli Roth still can't shake the feeling of 'been there, done that.'
Never instills fear or horror or creepiness or any of the good stuff, just unpleasant stuff. Even those things should've been horrifying in a sense but somehow they just weren't. Just saddening and unsavory. But what's really sad is that movies along this line of slick photography with action that won't put me to sleep but at the same time doesn't require shit from my brain is all I can handle lately.
Sviluppo narrativo poco appassionante, anche a causa di personaggi che non convincono molto. Messa in scena altalenante. Alcuni aspetti interessanti legati alla violenza ben realizzata e al marciume trasmesso. Bella la scena dell'asta. Finale nella media. La regia non riesce a valorizzare la pellicola attestandosi su un livello mediocre nella realizzazione. Apprezzabili gli effetti speciali e alcune ambientazioni
Solid torture porn from Roth. The biggest problem with the first one for me was the hokey make-up effects, It just pulled me right out of it. This on the other hand has no such problem, most of the gore effects here are down-right disturbing and highly effective. It's probably Roth's best film to date.
Vile garbage that makes the mistake of trying to rise above the material -- at least until the end -- and in effect commits the worst sin these movies can: It's boring. I thought I would like this more than the original because of the female cast (and I'm generally more sympathetic to them), but I was wrong. The only inspired touch was the casting of Heather Matarazzo and, in a small role, cult icon Edwige Fenech.