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The Ruins (2008)
Dumb all-American kids: Please, save them!
This movie is what you COULD call "worth my time", but only if your time has nothing more important on hold for your evening. A group of four (rather stupid) north American students go on a trip to Mexico after booze, beaches, sex and of course, "fun". And it's embedded in this quest for "fun" that they do decide to follow a complete stranger into the deep woods after a lost Mayan pyramid.
To begin with, all the signs that their mere presence there is not welcomed are very clear, and still they don't quite see it. And when threatened by locals who don't want them to leave the place, stupidity comes from under their skins and well, all hell breaks loose. Oh, there is quite a lot of patriotism in this movie, of course. The European characters are regarded as "sub- par" to the all-American boys. Stock-ready Mexicans, well, let's not even go there. And of course, there is the hilarious moment when the "golden boy utter the phrase "Four American people just DO NOT DISAPPEAR like this. Some WILL come". I guess he was betting on the CIA to drop from helicopters, just to rescue these proud Yankee youngsters in the middle of the jungle...
That was it for the plot. Now, the execution itself is just... mediocre. OK, good visual effects overall, t's hard to make believe that plants are moving by themselves. As for the sound effects, my heart goes out, talking plants must've been a tough cookie to makeshift, but anyway, not good enough. Not scary enough. Not brave enough.
Making it short: if you want to spend your time wathcing a movie about dumb chiseled-abs teens spending their time on top of a pyramid waiting to die without doing pretty much anything to avoid it, then this s your movie. Oh, and don't miss out on the obligatory indie soundtrack provided by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bonde do Rolê (on a cliff-note: it's funny to watch a movie with a soundtrack in which one of the songs talks about transvestites, lesbians, anal sex and lots of other "stuff" rolling on the background. Ah, the wonders of singing in another language can get you away with murder VERY easily).