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The plot is simple enough - two vulnerable girl backpackers, a sensible brunette and a dizzy blonde, find themselves unlikely companions on a trip to India. Part 1 is genuinely unsettling as they get involved with a couple of seemingly friendly strangers who lead them into weird situations and events spiral rapidly out of control with one of the girls ending up on a murder rap. You will feel compelled to watch the second part just to see how they get out of the mess. Part 2 is more 'whodunnit' and amateur detective work and the twist at the end you will probably see coming a mile off but it is a genuinely compelling piece of work. The location shooting is beautifully done (in India of course) and together with the superb acting (especially of the two girl leads) it gives an added sense of realism and believability. This is definitely a cut above the average formula drama thriller you see on TV these days. My only gripe is with the inevitable (or perhaps compulsory) sex scene. When the two lovers(?) finally prise themselves apart after much huffing and puffing the girl is still wearing her bra
highly unlikely in the circumstances, especially in that hot and
sultry climate. OK if the young actress doesn't want to expose herself on prime time TV that's fine by me but surely it would have been better to use a different camera angle or just cut the scene short. We all knew what was going to happen. But I'm being picky - watch it and enjoy.
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