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Hostell: Part II

Ocean's Thirteen is the better sequel
By TOM MEEK  |  June 13, 2007
2.0 2.0 Stars

Eli Roth has a big mouth. He trashed Ocean’s Thirteen, and lambasted Boston Globe critic Janice Page, in a letter to the editor, for her honest assessment of his debut, Cabin Fever (2002). Roth also loves gore and male sex fantasies gone awry. Although he has a knack for the creepy, he could benefit from some humility and a dose of creativity — Ocean’s Thirteen is the better sequel. All he does here is take the same pay-to-thrill-kill-a-human resort town in Slovakia and drop in three American women for the three guys who were hacked up in the first go-round. The can-do rich girl (Lauren German), the free-spirited nymphet (Bijou Phillips), and the nerdy tag-along (Heather Matarazzo) make for more-interesting characters, as do the two high-rollers (Richard Burgi and Roger Bart) out for their first blood, but with no fresh ideas, it’s back to bind, slice, skewer, and repeat. Roth already hit the gore ceiling in the first Hostel. Cut a guy’s dick off and feed it to a dog? Just more leftovers.
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