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In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Written by
(at around 1h 45 mins) There is a rear shot of Paul standing outside Betsy's cottage door, arms folded behind him. As Paul calls out to Betsy, he unclasps his hands and brings them forward. Then from the frontal view of Paul through Betsy's screen door, his arms are folded behind him, his hands out of sight. See more »
Ann sent me over 'cause some guests dropped by, and she was wondering if you could help her out with some eggs.
Well I guess so.
Yeah, come on in. Just wait a second.
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Thought provoking and disturbing, but not funny. This film is not meant to provide entertainment
I was recommended this film by a friend in the US due to my strong dislike for Hollywood clones and the violence and action that is glamorised within.
STORY: Well there is not much to say about the story without giving spoilers, the plot is very unoriginal. If I was pressed to think of a film to compare Funny Games to it would be The Strangers. In Funny Games a family is terrorised by a couple of extremely polite sociopaths who make a bet that they can kill the husband, wife, and young boy within twelve hours, and what a tense twelve hours that turns out to be. However the lack of originality in the actual story, however intentional, means I can't give it a particularly high rating. 2/5
EXECUTION: This is where the film really shines and is unlike anything I have ever seen (I haven't seen the original but I'm told it is exactly the same). This film deserves its 18 age rating not because of violence or profanity or sex, any nudity and most violence is not shown on screen and there really isn't that much of it. But it delivers highly emotional, tense and disturbing scenes that really aren't for the feint of heart. The techniques employed in this film are designed to sensitise the viewer to the violence shown in Hollywood films that we expect and show how it would play out in the real world. There are a number of times where the film teases the viewer with what they want to see (ie the kid escaping among others) only for it to be replaced with the cold reality of the situation. I will not go into more detail for fear of giving spoilers. The film also forced the viewer to become involved with the actions of the killers through the characters directly addressing the audience. The intention of this, I believe, is to question the viewer as to why they are watching this disturbing violent film when they know nothing good can come of it. This makes us question our own morality . The acting is also very good particularly from Michael Pitt and Naomi Watts. They really add to the tension and make the characters very convincing. 4/5
VERDICT: I find it hard to recommend this film to anyone due to its disturbing and depressing nature. However I would say that people who are fed up with the way Hollywood portrays violence and in want of a new prospective on it would appreciate (although not necessarily enjoy) this film. I wouldn't say this film is to be enjoyed and its intention seems to be more to educate and provoke the audience to look inwards than to entertain. The games in this film are dark and disturbing, but they definitely aren't funny. 2 + 4 = 6/10
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