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It is impossible to have a neutral opinion about the Austrian thriller Funny Games--a movie so relentless in its ability to shock that it gained pariah status on the film festival circuit in 1997. In the warped tradition of A Clockwork Orange, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and Blue Velvet, this is a film--directed with electrifying audacity by Munich-born Michael Haneke--that addresses the controversy of screen violence by making the viewer as guilty as the Leopold and Loeb-like killers who terrorize a young family of three during their summer vacation. They arrive as friendly neighbors, seducing the family with phony congeniality, but soon Funny Games reveals its devious strategy, turning savage and appalling... and completely captivating for those who can endure the terror. There's actually less violence than you'd see in a typical American horror flick such as Scream, but Haneke's forceful staging effectively fulfills his agenda of viewer complicity; we vividly experience this doomed family's fate and feel helpless to save them. So helpless, in fact, that Haneke dares to offer a hint of respite by giving a victim the upper hand, only to "replay" the same scene with the darkest of outcomes. Funny Games is guaranteed to outrage some viewers with its manipulative schemes, but there's no denying the film's visceral impact, generated by Haneke's expert handling of a superior cast. Don't even think of allowing anyone under age 17 to watch this film; all others should proceed with caution. --Jeff Shannon
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and the INSANE! I was recommened this by a few friends of
mine(you sick twisted GREAT people know who you are)and I
said WHAT THE HELL! Might as well give it a try? Placed
my order at Amazon on a movie I had never seen! Was it a mistake
HELL NOOO! This movie ROCKS,SLICES and STRIPS the SINEW! I have watched
this 3 times now,at first I thought it SUCKED???????????????????????
It was the subtitles there was so much dialog that for me to read
the bottom screen I cannot focus on the pic.above. Watched it last
night and said,hmmmmmmm. You know their is something here. Just
watched it a 3rd time now and yes I am PROUD to have this inbetween
Cemetary Man and RINGU (96-97) I really loved the ACTING in this and
as good as the directing was,I felt the actors were the true stars!
If it was not for their performances I would give this movie 3 stars
for the most SHOKING part in the film I had seen before(spoiler) the
killing of a child. Both Jaws and Henry: Portrait of a serial killer
have cross the line of CAN'T KILL A CHILD ON FILM TABOO(funny? Steven
Spielberg I believe would have never shown the lil boy seen now
in JAWS,he was young and more DARING back then)I really did enjoy
Funny Games and if you love films like Last House on the Left
Cold Sweat-Irreversable and Rosemary's Baby(i put the latter in
because of the great acting)I really think you will like this
film. Now stop reading everyone's review on this and WATCH IT!!
OH! By the way Mike Liddell,Chris Blackshere,Jenny J.J.I. and
M. Moriarty I am making a OMELETTE!!! COULD YOU SPARE A FEW EGGS???
Why review it at all? Because somebody thought it is worth a remake. It is coming out new and fresh with a great cast (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth). Not that the original cast was bad, it was on the same high level.
Why remake it at all? I wish I knew. I have not often thought of suggesting to ban a film. And it is not even old, under 20 years. What sometimes justifies remakes is development of film technology, as in the case of King Kong, or the planned Birds (both with Watts, oddly). This would not apply here, it is a low budget script. Remake because it is 'foreign'? Would that imply that somebody shoots for larger audiences? Probably. I hope it flops completely.
What are these funny games? A pair of young killers attack a young family in their vacation home and have fun with them. 'Why don't you kill us right away? You must not forget the entertainment factor!'
Why did I watch it at all and then to the end? I knew nothing about it and could not believe what I saw, kept waiting for some kind of change of tack which never came.
The story is just absolutely disgusting. Wouldn't be surprised if it found admiring imitators.
This movie just feels real, the actors are amazing, this could really happen to any ordinary family, it feels to real as if we were actually watching this happen before us and that is unsettling, horrifying, and almost leaves you feeling guilty as a viewer for watching. The only other movie that left me feeling this way was Wes Craven's the last house on the left.
The plot is simple enough two psychotic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. It is the actors performances and Michael Haneke's direction that make this so powerful. Michael Haneke who won best director at cannes for his later film cache he was also nominated for golden palme for Funny games. This director has talent and knows how to play the audience and uses great suspense to make your stomach turn.
Michael Haneke is directing the remake of his own film due out December 25, 2007 i don't know if enough people saw this original version despite the high number of reviews, maybe that says how good it is, once someone sees it they want to write about it and tell someone else. Alot of the reviews talk about originality i don't know about that i think it is more powerful performances and the work of a very talented director that make this a great horror movie.
This was also in Fangoria's the 101 best horror movies you've never seen.