I know, I know, I've been down on horror these last fourteen years or so, but Hostel2 does something right for an American movie, finally. It doesn't play its horror for laughs. There are no impossible escapes. It's just the down-and-dirty business of 'survival of the cleverest'. I won't say fittest because then we're talking Darwin and we all know what I think of Darwin. Even the whiney American victims aren't too whiney. In fact, they're downright rounded characters, all of them.
From what I can make of Hostel2, it follows the exact same plot of Hostel - students vacationing in Europe are targeted by THE RICH out to kill some ass. A bidding war ensues, the winner gets to travel to a 'warehouse' in Eastern Europe and kill him/her some ass.
This film is to the 2000's what Jaws was to the 1970's. Jaws had the tagline, "Do not go into the water". Hostel should have worn its jingoistic badge on its sleeve right from the start with, "Do not vacation in Europe". In fact, Hostel is the new Deliverance. Don't trust anyone who's not like you. But then it turns it all around, avoiding the easy and obvious jingoistic summary. The new proposal, as delivered by this movie is, "You'll survive as long as you're (willing or) able".
It's about the good old American ideal of "Do what you have to, until it all goes wrong". Hostel2 really is a good movie. I can't even believe I'm saying this, but it is. It has some really nice turnarounds, as any good Bill Hicks skit might have. Ironically, Hostel2 (in the word range 2,000 to 4,000 words) would have made a perfect Chimeraworld 5 story.
There are no Gods, just the amoral commerce of man.