One of my all-time favourite films. Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are incredible and the screenplay delivers on so many fronts concerning the themes of power and revenge. The finale is definitely one of the greatest sequences of the decade and the film as a whole just gets better and better with each viewing.
Apparently when screening, 25% of the people who saw this movie absolutely loved it, 50% of the people who saw it had no idea what to think of it, and the other 25% were extremely angry that the director even made the movie.
I'm in the first 25%.
Tom & Jerry, Hostel version. Despite Ellen PAGE's remarkable performance, a manipulative & misogynistic movie, unbelievable & full of clichés, just made to make buzz, thus cash. === Tom & Jerry, version Hostel. Malgré la performance remarquable d'Ellen PAGE, un film manipulateur et misogyne, non crédible & plein de clichés, juste fait pour faire du buzz, donc de l'argent. 1,5/5
Page is a force in this film, and Wilson plays his part with aplomb as well. The table-turning is skillfully handled--an additional element that works in this film. However, the last third truly disappoints as the message gets buried in a silly and unnecessary denouement that cancels out the queasiness that rightfully punctuates the film's commentary. 3.5 stars
Might have worked if someone other than Page had been cast. Laurence Olivier couldn't sell such terribly didactic, overwritten, tactless dialogue. The film wants to portray the girl as smart and heroic but she comes off as obnoxious and annoying from the start, and as a result nothing works -even as a straight-up exploitation/revenge movie.
I actually started rooting for the guy to win, and throw HER off the building instead. Choke on your hard candy, Ellen Page. Between this and Juno, I now make it a habit to avoid any film that you are in.
(spoiler alert!) Good performance by Ellen Page. And that's the only good thing about the movie. This seems to pick up a bad tradition of bad (horrible) movies with plots of a victimized woman that turns into a killer/vigilante, turning men from agressors into victims. What is so sad and predictable (maybe victorian) about theses plots is the idea of how it is spoiled feminine sexuality that turns to histeric rage.