Hope Lost

3.81 h 34 min201618+
A young girl, bored with her small-town, dreams of a more glamorous life. At a club, she meets Gabriel, who claims to be a TV producer and wants to cast her in a reality TV show in Italy. When she arrives, she realizes this is a ruse when she is sold to a pimp. Things take an even darker turn with the arrival of Ettore, a sadist who intends to torture her and another young woman in a snuff movie.
David Petrucci
Michael MadsenDanny TrejoFrancesca Agostini
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Silver Screen VideosReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
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You would think that a direct-to-video movie about sex trafficking with a mostly Italian cast and an unknown director wouldn’t be Oscar-worthy, and you’d be right. You might think that such a movie with prominently billed B-movie names like Michael Madsen and Danny Trejo would at least be enjoyable trash, but you’d be wrong. “Hope Lost” features all of the above, but it’s a hopelessly lost cause as either quality or camp.

There’s not much of a plot to “Hope Lost.” An incredibly naïve but attractive Eastern European woman (Francesca Agostini) accepts a ride to Rome with a slimeball who tells her he wants to cast her in a reality TV series. She soon finds out just how real things are when the “producer” sells her to pimp Michael Madsen, who puts her to work. Agostini spends most of her time in one particular vacant lot where she and the other hookers hang around waiting for guys to pick them up. The rest of the film is a series of increasingly degrading and depressing encounters, culminating when Agostini is cast in a snuff film.

As serious drama, “Hope Lost” is extremely lacking. The main actors are relatively inexperienced and amateurish, the storyline and editing are confusing, and the production values are virtually non-existent. The bulk of the movie looks as if it was filmed on about four sets that I’m guessing were either the aforementioned vacant lot or abandoned buildings. While the production is definitely third-rate, the filmmakers evidently had loftier goals. As one character says in the first scene, one of the golden rules of cinema is that before inevitable doom, there must always be a scene of hope. Apparently, the four credited screenwriters (three of whom don’t have any other credits) thought that they were writing an epic tragedy. However, the script is so muddled that the “scenes of hope” come across as irritating excuses to pad the movie’s slim running time.

Those expecting a campy sex-and-terror-porn work of the Eli Roth variety will also be disappointed. Considering the subject matter, “Hope Lost” has little nudity, and the violence, although quite sadistic at times, is usually implied rather than shown. The only real entertainment value in “Hope Lost” is the result of the work of the better-known actors. Michael Madsen sleepwalks his way through his sleazeball role the same way he usually does, but he actually manages several funny line deliveries. Similarly, Danny Trejo, playing an enforcer who keeps an eye on the hookers when they’re out hustling, has a few good lines. He also has one good scene in which he gets to kick the stuffing out of a couple of johns who are unwilling to pay up. Mischa Barton is also on hand as a more experienced streetwalker who gives Agostini some survival tips, but her appearance merely shows how far down the Hollywood totem pole she has fallen.

I actually thought going in that “Hope Lost” might wind up being a good trash film, but it’s merely a dreary, depressing one. And, by depressing, I don’t mean in the way that a good tearjerker affects the audience. Instead, I felt the same as if I had been making my way through a landfill for 90 minutes, except that a landfill excursion would have had a better storyline. Any hopes that I had for “Hope Lost” were lost well before the closing credits.
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380 megaXtremeReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
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this sucked to the extreme right from the get go, had that boring look, i mean i'd like to know what camera was used, a lot of cameras give you that boring look like reds but it may have more to do with lighting, had uninteresting cast and lousy music, hope has been lost for a long time when it comes to filmaking that produces cool movies i mean they need more ganbanger movies or point breaks or something.
Julie SwanReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Danny Trejo Was Shirtless Again
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They found an excuse to get his shirt off AND torture Daddy--I mean Danny--Trejo. Win-win in my book.

Oh, the rest of the movie? Yea Idk I'm just here for the Trejo darling. Skipping everything else. Too depressing, harshes my buzz.
FrankieReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
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All human sex traffickers should be painfully sexually tortured to death!
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I really don't like these kind of movies because human sex trafficking is wrong in any way shape or form & the punishment for the sex traffickers needs to be more swift & severe. All human sex traffickers should be painfully sexually tortured to death like they do the people they're trafficking.
KYWesReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting psuedo-documentary on snuff films.
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Cover photo is a little misleading. This is a drama about a young, single mother who wants to be a model and who falls prey to a man offering her a chance to be in a motion picture, actually a video. It turns out that she is imprisoned, abused and forced to participate in the filming of videos depicting violence on others sometimes resulting in the death of the participants. In one sense it is a good film depicting the dangers of falling prey to people engaged in human trafficking. It is a pretty well-done production though not up to Hollywood standards. I don't recommend it unless you're looking for something out of the ordinary and unless you are into sado-masochism. It is not a movie with nudity.
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Steve ShaffarReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I liked it...found it to be well done cinematography. Better than I expected.
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I found it to be well acted and directed. The technical side was also professionally done. It's better than several movies that I've seen coming from the big name studios. If you're looking for a bunch of nudity, don't rent this. If you want a cohesive, compelling storyline then this is a good choice.
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DFitzReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2021
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Prof that Danny T. will do any thing for a buck.
KimchiphileReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth it.
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Not as gory as Hostel or Saw, but interesting plot development and surprising big name cast. I would watch it again.
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