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?