"Surprisingly Suspenseful, But Gory and Excessive"
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TURISTAS is surprisingly suspenseful and morally positive in parts, but contains excessive foul language, violence, gore, and brief nudity. Also, some of the suspenseful parts are shot and edited in a murky, confusing fashion. Finally, the characters and the performances seem a little bit too sketchy and lackluster. All of these bad elements dilute the movie's entertainment value.
(B, C, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Light moral worldview with some light Christian elements, mitigated by some excessive foul language, violence, gore, sexual content, and brief nudity; at least 49 mostly strong obscenities, five strong profanities and six light profanities; very strong violence with some very strong scenes of blood and gore, including implied operation, man cuts open live but unconscious victim and takes out vital organs, implied slicing by machete, several bloody head wounds including two fatal ones, villain suddenly stabs man's eye with wooden kabob and drives it into man's brain, gunfire, gunfight, people locked up in cages, man tied up in makeshift operating room, fighting, man injures head while diving, people almost drown in tiny underwater caves, villains swim after people trying to hide in underwater cave system, rock hits boy's head, and at least one pointblank shooting; slightly depicted fornication between two minor characters, suggestive dancing, some sexual comments; upper female nudity in two scenes, partial rear female nudity at beach with swimsuits, women in skimpy bathing suits, upper male nudity, and drawing of male sex organ; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and drug use, and tourists drugged so that gang could steal their belongings and kidnap two of them; and, kidnapping, lying, people held in bondage, illegal deadly operations, illegal organ theft to the point of death, stealing, deceit, and psychopathic villain expresses hatred toward rich people and foreigners.
TURISTAS is surprisingly suspenseful and morally positive in parts, but it contains excessive foul language, violence, gore, and brief nudity. Also, some of the suspenseful parts are shot and edited in a murky, somewhat confusing fashion, which also mitigates the movie’s enjoyment factor.
The movie opens on a rural road in Brazil, where a bus driver carelessly sends his bus over a cliff. The passengers, including several tourists and local citizens, barely escape with their lives.
While the tourists wait for a new bus, two beautiful Brazilian pedestrians walk by them, eating some luscious-looking melons. The tourists, including three Americans, a beautiful Australian woman, and two blokes from England, decide to visit the ramshackle beachfront bar where the girls got the melons. There, they meet two other tourists from Sweden and more Brazilians, including a young man named Kiko. They decide not to wait for the next bus, but keep partying at the cheap, but inviting bar.
The next morning, however, the tourists from the bus wake to find they have been drugged, with all their stuff stolen and the two Swedish tourists gone. Unknown to the tourists, the Swedes are murdered by a gang of cutthroats led by a mysterious, psychopathic doctor named Zamora.
While looking for help, the tourists get into trouble in the local village. Who should show up to save them but Kiko. He promises to take them to his uncle’s house, but the house is hidden hours away in the jungle. It also happens to be the lair of Zamora, who has been taking the organs of unsuspecting tourists out of revenge against all the rich tourists who’ve been buying the organs of poor Brazilians for years.
TURISTAS has some truly suspenseful scenes as the tourists try to escape Zamora and his gang. One incredible sequence involves the surviving tourists escaping Zamora’s gang in a series of underground river caves. That sequence, however, and a nighttime sequence involving some of the tourists escaping from cages at Zamora’s lair, is too often confusing because of hard-to-see and hard-to-comprehend cinematography and editing. Also, the characters and the performances seem a little bit too sketchy and lackluster.
TURISTAS contains excessive foul language, excessive violence, excessive gore, brief nudity, and some sexual content. The gory violence includes an operation where the evil doctor cuts open a victim and takes her liver, heart and a kidney. It also includes several shots of gory head wounds, two of which are fatal, and a scene where the doctor stabs a lazy minion to death in the eye with a wooden kabob and, ultimately, driving the kabob into the man’s brain.
All this negative content spoils the movie’s dominant worldview, which is moral, but light. TURISTAS also contains a couple positive Christian references. These moral and Christian elements include important moments where the movie’s more positive characters risk their lives for their fellow human beings.
Instead of taking the low road, TURISTAS could have taken the high road. By doing so, and aiming for a PG-13 rating, it could make far more money than this R-rated version would ever hope to make.