Paradise Lost

  • 18
  • John Stockwell (2006)
  • US (SUB)
  • 91 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Six tourists backpacking through Brazil get stranded in the jungle after their bus crashes, in this cross between The Beach and Hostel. A local boy offers to let them stay at his uncle's house (who just happens to be a surgeon), but they soon find that the hospitality comes at a very high price. Things start off bright and breezy, before turning dark and grungy as the overly naive travellers (including Josh Duhamel and Melissa George) slowly recognise the true dangers facing them. There are some sharp shocks and grisly scenes involving skewers, hooks and staple guns. But what grips most here is a breathtaking underwater chase through subterranean caves, which mines the same clammy claustrophobia as The Descent. This takes the horror staple of brash strangers clashing with an alien culture that views them with contempt and gives it a savvy twist.

Plot Summary

Horror adventure thriller starring Josh Duhamel and Melissa George. A group of backpackers travelling through Brazil find themselves stranded after their bus crashes. The locals are wary of the foreigners, except for one friendly boy who offers to take them to his uncle's house deep in the jungle.

Cast and crew

Cast

Alex
Josh Duhamel
Pru
Melissa George
Bea
Olivia Wilde
Finn
Desmond Askew
Amy
Beau Garrett
Liam
Max Brown
Kiko
Agles Steib
Zamora
Miguel Lunardi

Crew

Director
John Stockwell

Other Information

Language: 
English, Portuguese +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Lionsgate UK
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 1 Jun 2007
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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