Just sitting around at work... watched this movie last night. Excellant movie if you have not seen it, but it would make me nervous for my daughters or gals i know that go it alone.
Hello Ryan 😊
I didnt see it, but I heard it is about a girl who was travelling alone in Iran and was kidnapped. What actually happens in the movie?
well i dont want to ruin it... but she gets kidnapped in Paris and is basically put into a prostitution ring... and ex government op daddy saves her.
Awesome movie!! Yes, I got a bit nervous about solo travel after that haha but now I think it has just made me more wary of my surroundings - less naive 😊
I saw the movie - in the story line - well the girls are naive, make a series of mistakes and basically it plays on fears that we all have.
So did you also see:
Turistas - (Backpackers in Brazil dismembered for transplants)
Hostel - (Backpackers in Slovakia dismembered for sadist kicks)
Wolf Creek - (Backpackers (and others) in Australia dismembered by psychopath)
Pride (?) - (Tourists in South Africa eaten by Lions)
The reality sadly is that - yes - kidnappings of tourists do happen - and usually it's for money - but the numbers are in line with the chances of a bad thing happening at home (I'll try to get a source for this claim!)
Has anyone seeing human trafficking....impressive and scary movie...
Human Traffic - very good, but harrowing, film.
Taken - a film I really enjoyed, and a very good lesson to be careful with who you let your guard down with when abroad.
Hostel - sitting on top of my laptop at home, waiting for someone braver than my girlfriend to watch it with!
taken is a brilliant film which i thoroughly enjoyed. you have got to remember it is fiction and the girls made fundamental mistakes such as getting into cars with strangers and not being honest with their parents about where they were going. as stated above, tourists do get kidnapped but you are probably more likely to come to harm on the plane you travelled to the country on or simply crossing the road.
another film which i enjoyed about tralling was paradise lost a film about people that got kidnapped in brazil. sound similar to the film turistas that ali mentioned. maybe it is the american version of a brazilian film.
i wish i hadn't read this thread!!
Thankfully, the world is a far safer place then is potrayed in television news and movies such as this.
And yes, in movies such as those listed, the people on the recieving end of the trouble have made some fundamental mistakes.
I was in Paris at 17 traveling alone - the movie made it clear to me how scary what I was doing was and did not realize it. Although the trafficking was not as bad in the early 80's as it is now. And I was staying at a home with people. I was not lying to my father.
As far as things like being taken advantage of are concerned, I dont so much get nervous for myself, because I think I am now old enough to not be so easily taken advantage of. But I get a bit nervy for my daugher, when I read or see media about bad things happening to young girls who are travelling.
I agree. As I look back I can't believe my parents allowed and even pushed me to do that trip. I was 17. Few into London - then to Manchester. Stayed with a business associate there. Flew to Paris where I stayed for a month with another business associate and they took me down to the South of France - this is where it get's scary. On my own I then took the train from the south of France to Germany, stayed for a week 1/2 with my exchange student brother. Took another train to Belgium, the ferry across the straights, and the train to London alone. All the time not knowing if there was going to be a flight home when I got there, because the air traffic controllers were on strike, so Pres. Reagen fired them. In solidarity, the Europeans were not allowing flights between there and the US. My plane was one of the first ones going home. I talked to people, buddied up with other travelers as they were going places. Didn't sleep much, because I was afraid of missing a connection. But I did it at 17.
No point in stopping ones kids from travelling to reasonably safe countries. They can get in plenty of trouble in their home towns too. And they will be just a flight away anyway.....
If my daugher does travel, I will really have to resist the urge to send anxious emails asking her who she is hanging out with, do they drink/take drugs, ........
lol e-mail? I got 3 or 5 phone calls home in that whole period.
Seen the movie recently and it is scary... keeping eyes opened when traveling but yes it is a reality...got one friend who nearly got kidnaped in HK and an other who might have been in really big troubles if he hadnt had the right reaction at the right time...both of them in China, which is even more scary, China being overall really safe...Does make me think twice about taking a nap in a cab for instance...
Was just finishing up my novel on human trafficking when I saw this! dang it...that always happens. lol.
As far as being scared in reality, it is a possibility. There are lots of really bad people out there, I think if all travellers practice safety and give thought to where they are going and what they are doing, they will be safe. But you don't want to give it too much thought though. You'd never go anywhere then. So just go for it, listen to your sixth sense and be safe.
Does make me think twice about taking a nap in a cab for instance...
And it is actually something I have done. I was very jet lagged and the taxi ride was 3 hours long. But even if I didnt fall asleep, I wouldnt have known the country well enough to know if the driver was taking me to where I wanted to go or not.
I saw the movie and enjoyed it, though it had some basic flaws that would prevent me from saying it was excellent. Definitely entertaining though. I like Liam Neeson's performances in general, so that probably figured into it quite a bit.
As for the topic of trafficing/kidnapping and travel, I guess it's always about walking a thin line between enjoying yourself and letting go of a lot of the preconceptions and guards we put up around ourselves while still keeping a good head on your shoulders, being aware and not so open-minded that your brain falls out. And I think it's important to remember that however careful and smart and safety conscious you may be, bad things can still happen. And sometimes, despite all the stupid decisions you make, you end up okay after all anyway. So, I would echo most of what's been said already: try and be safe, minimize your poor decisions, hope for the best and get out there and experience things.