Five movies that make me think twice about renewing my passport as an American

5. Transsiberian (2008)

It started out as a humanitarian trip to China, and somehow the couple in Transsiberian ends up inadvertently smuggling stacking dolls made out of heroine into Russia, and it belong to the Russian police who aren’t afraid to torture to get it back. Yeesh. I suppose Woody Harrelson deserved it for choosing to take a nine day train ride instead of flying. Транссиб!

4. A Might Hearty (2007)

The guy was just a journalist. A journalist with a pregnant wife. And then he was beheaded, and the thing was filmed and turned into propaganda. This one has the added horror of being true to life. I’m vacationing at Yellowstone this year.

3. Midnight Express (1978)

The dude just wanted to bring a little hashish back from the motherland of hashish. And he ended up spending years in a Turkish prison. My brother-in-law insisted I watch this film before I took a solo trip to Istanbul, and you’d better believe I was well behaved while I was there.

2. Syriana (2005)

So Saudi Arabia may not be on my list of travel destinations. But still, that scene where George Clooney gets each of his fingernails torn out at the hands of Mark Strong doing the Arabic version of Black Face? The whole thing is uber-disturbing. I’ll stick to domestic travel.

1. Hostel (2005)

No. Just no. I have purposely avoid Slovakia since this film. I know, it’s stupid. This the only movie I’ve ever left the theatre with my legs shaking. Thanks to Hostel, I’m afraid of wealthy, traveling businessmen.

Any other great Americans-in-distress-abroad movies I missed?

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5 Responses to “Five movies that make me think twice about renewing my passport as an American”
  1. I like this type of film too. Transsiberian (2008) was really good, I agree, and underrated.

    Good question

    “Bangkok hilton”(1989) I think is superior to “Midnight Express”. Although it’s an Australian (Nicole Kidman) in distress abroad.

    “Ice cold in alex” is a good WW2 film, but again I think they are not Americans in trouble abroad, but Brits this time.

    Babel (2006) , although I never saw it.

    I’m sure there are plenty of others, but can’t think of them, does “Lost In Translation” count? ( :
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  2. I saw only two movies from the five.Midnight express and Hostel.I like both movies so much specially the Hostel.I watch all series of hostel and like it so much.Also want to watch other three movies.

  3. Red says:

    Loved Transsiberian and A Mighty Heart. Such overlooked films.

    You forgot Avatar. 😉

  4. Jane says:

    I have to admit I thought syriana was an awful film, it had no sustance what so ever!

  5. Blake says:

    @ moviesandsongs365 – Transsiberian IS really underrated. I’m not sure why more people haven’t seen it. I can’t believe I forgot Babel! I would have loved to have put that in. And there were definitely a few films I wanted to include, but in the end, I decided to keep in strictly Americans in distress so I can do another versions of others in the same situation. I’ll have to check out Bankok Hilton.

    @ locations espagne – Although I included Hostel in the list, I definitely didn’t enjoy the film, and couldn’t bring myself to watch the second one. The violence was just too much for me. Although at the same time, that’s a testiment at how good the filmmaking is, since it was so effective.

    @ Red – Ha! I didn’t even think of Avatar, but you’re right!

    @ Jane – You know, it’s been a long time (five years) since I’ve seen Syriana, but I don’t remember anything about it! Maybe that means I didn’t like it so much…

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