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Release Date: 10-JUN-2008
Media Type: DVD
Top Customer Reviews
Funny Games, if you've never seen this the first thing you probably noticed about it was the overwhelming amount of negative reviews which is why I would say Funny Games is less a movie and more of an experience to torture the audience as much as the victims are tortured. An upper class family are terrorized by two psychopaths in their summer villa. That's the story, but it's not what the story is, it's how it's told.
I've condemned other movies for being manipulative and exploitative, such as The Woman or We Need to Talk About Kevin. Funny Games is also manipulative and exploitative, however it doesn't use those tactics simply for plot convenience but to tell you a tired and true message in the most visceral way possible, while The Woman used cheap manipulation to make you hate white men and We Need to Talk About Kevin used piss-poor parenting to make Kevin look like an evil mega-genius.
A reviewer on here noted that people who liked Hostel and Saw will probably enjoy this film, but I'd say it's quite the contrary. Those movies use a slap-dash mystery plot, extreme violence/gore, and some sort of resolution at the end, all the while entertaining you with the over-the-top deaths. Funny Games has no violence, almost no plot, and no resolution, it's all just sick mind games; and the reason it's so effective is because it sets up age-old slasher tactics to make the audience cheer for the family while booing and hissing at the bad guys. Instead of getting a nice happy resolution with maybe a few unimportant side-characters getting picked off in the process, Haneke makes you endure each agonizing second of the humiliation and torture and then gives you no pay-off, effectively s***ting on typical expectations.Read more ›
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The basic summary one can give for this film feels simple enough; a nice suburban family consisting of George (Tim Roth), Ann (Naomi Watts), and their young son Georgie are vacationing at their semi-secluded lake house. Minutes after arriving, two young men appear at their house. Soon, they are being held hostage by the two men and are forced to play a series of little games all revolving around a little bet. The two men bet that the family will be dead by 9 a.m. the next morning and the family bets they'll be alive.
Well...something like that. The set-up appears to be just your average set-up for a hostage/slasher movie. But that's not what this film is at all. If you're looking for a horror film or a psychological thriller, start looking elsewhere. "Funny Games" is an indictment of moviegoers who are so accustomed to seeing on-screen violence we're desensitized to everything.
Here is a film where we have two, clean-cut, innocent looking men who just happen to be killers. They have no motive or explanation for what they're doing. We have a typical suburban family who have no idea what's going on and react appropriately and realistically to the situations they're thrown into.
The film absolutely defies convention in every aspect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unlike the original film, everything in this film is the complete opposite of good, despite the actors! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Ryan
Endlessly stupid. Not particularly intelligent bad guys and totally stupid victims. This movie is not thought provoking. It is totally unbelievable. Read morePublished 8 days ago by mjmeans
The reality of the movie is very possible and terrifying. But it was an excellent movie.Published 26 days ago by Tracy
This movie was recommended to me. It looked a little Clockwork Orange & The Purge to me in the preview. But it was SO boring! It was so slow moving. It made little sense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey S. Weatherill
Great movie, glad we rented it. Was definitely creepy, but fit the theme for what we were looking for.Published 1 month ago by Jodie Grocki
Incredibly messed up but if you're looking for a twisted film - this is IT.Published 2 months ago by Sarah Allen
Evil at its worst - possessing these two young men in a way that should never occur naturally. They play their "game" in a very nonchalant and apathetic manner, adding to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
Eh. Wasn't as disturbing/scary/creepy as I had heard it was. Still decently entertaining, though.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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