Surprise of the day: Hostel III doesn’t suck too much. Ironically, it was a direct to DVD release, “based upon characters by Eli Roth”, but neither written nor directed by him. There are twists I didn’t expect, and though I don’t exactly expect ANYTHING from Hostel (except that it will suck), I can appreciate that. Ok, I gotta admit, towards the end, there are TOO many twists and it goes a bit in a “everyone double-crosses everyone else” direction. When you begin to expect a surprising twist every 10 minutes, it kinda kills the surprise. However, I have to give credit to the Ukrainian victim: It’s the first time in the history of Hostel that a character does something remotely intelligent. It is debatable HOW intelligent it really is to run into a room labeled with “HIGH VOLTAGE” with an axe, but he did achieve his goal to disable the electricity, without dying. (Well, dying from THAT.)
Also remarkable: The victims (there are 8 in total, face-heel/heel-face turns not considered) are not as faceless and boring as in Hostel 1 & 2. Sure the character development doesn’t break any records, but it goes far enough to like or dislike them at least a bit. That is a notable contrast to Hostel 1 & 2, where you either hated them all from the moment you saw them, or gave a shit about them from their first scene to their last dying breathe.
Especially in the first 30 minutes, there is a lot actual suspense; very uncharacteristic for Hostel. I more expected the usual approach: 20 minutes (well, 45 minutes) with Jerks trope, followed by major disappointment and boredom. That is not the case here, there aren’t any real lengths. I credit the non-sucking quality of this movie to the uninvolvement of Eli Roth – I always thought the premise is great and wished someone else would come along and do it better.