Funny Games (2007)

Posted: October 14, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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Originally conceived by director Michael Haneke as an art house film to show how voyeuristic we’ve become as a society and how we’ve been desensitized to violence thanks to the media. What he ended up with is a pretty disturbing movie that often breaks the fourth wall. It’s also a complete shot-for-shot American remake of his Austrian film of the same name which he made ten years earlier.

It’s a trip up to the family lake house for this mother, father and son that ends horribly wrong. Shortly after arriving they’re visited by Peter and Paul, two nice looking, twenty somethings who are in need of some eggs. They head off with the eggs only to return, claiming to have dropped and broken them, and hoping to get a few more. Ann (Naomi Watts) reluctantly hands over more eggs and its not long until it all goes wrong again. They take the family hostage and play games with them, even betting them whether any of them will be alive by nine the following morning….Any takers

Funny Games is more psychological, there are no zombies, critters or anything paranormal but something like this could happen and maybe thats what makes it scary. It doesn’t rely on gore or “gotcha” moments and can be disturbing to watch at times. It also has one of my favorite actors, Tim Roth, who refused to watch the finished film. For those reasons and more Funny Games gets a rating of: Don’t Trust Anyone. Till next time friends, Stay Entertained.



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