The film is set in Brazil (off the Rio beaten path to be exact) and after a night of cheap drinky-poos and getting “funky” with the locals, a group of young adventuresome American tourists awake the following day to find that they had all been drugged and robbed and are now left fending for themselves. Needless to say, this is just the beginning of their misadventures and they soon fall prey to a sinister doctor that makes his living in the illegal trade of human organs focusing primarily on Gringos (as revenge for first world meddling in Latin Countries). A must see you’re thinking?
Now, I normally wouldn’t waste time writing a film review, especially having not seen the film, however this is not a review but more of an interesting observation in regards to the reaction of the Brazilian Media, local commentators, and even of the local tourism authority to what most of us would dismiss as just another simple waste of celluloid.
The film has set off a firestorm of controversy in
The critique is that the film denigrates the true image of
However, the attack on this film is misdirected. And the image of
Months ago the PCC (First Command Capital in English) one of
The country is violent, and to turn the attention to
A few years back the producers of the Simpson’s (Praise be Groening) created an episode of the popular American show entitled “Blame it on Lisa” and had the dysfunctional four-digit family head to Rio for a week of frivolity under a mission of finding Lisa’s NGO sponsored orphan. The family upon arrival is swarmed and robbed by children, Homer is kidnapped by a taxi driver and Bart is, well, swallowed by an Anaconda. It was cleverly done and I chuckled myself off the couch.
I laughed equally out loud when Simpson’s family visited my country of origin, the vapid donut consuming nation of
However, Brazilians didn’t view the
On a final note, Brazilian films such as “City of God”, “Carandiru”, “The Redeemer” and the documentary “Bus
Not all are up in arms about the film, and some are actually using the discussion to shed light on the grave problems facing some of