I think the problem was in the choice of point of view. Roth opts for full coverage, multiple characters, and we never really attach to one protagonist, although we’re supposed to.
By jumping from cool looking shot to cool looking shot, he works to distance us from the situation rather than immerse us in it. I think the increased budget and possibilities worked against him this time. For example, this iconic shot that sold the film is not the main character at all, but the girlfriend of the antagonist.
Without giving any spoilers, the film does take on some social issues in a unique quirky way. Green Inferno is a reference to the battle for the remaining rain forests. The plot then relies on a not so plausible deception, which I think serves to take us out…
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