Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Funny Games (2007) R - 2½ Stars

Funny Games reminded me of a take off on A Clockwork Orange where a group of young lads seek a fun adventure of terrorising families to death. The movie is pretty low budget and acting is pretty hammy and even though the family is being terrorised you almost want to slap them for not paying more attention. They make it way too easy for the boys to take control of the situation.

George (Ulrich Mühe), and his wife Anna (Susanne Lothar), and their son Georgie (Stefan Clapczynski) have just arrived at their vacation home for a week of relation and sailing with their neighbors. While unpacking and settling in, they are visited by a young man Peter (Frank Giering) asking to borrow eggs for their friends and neighbors next door. But as Peter starts to leave he drops the eggs and asks for more. Anna gives him another four which he drops and always drops her cell phone into the kitchen sink water. When Peter's brother Paul (Michael Pitt) shows up asking why there is a problem, Anna's suspicions grow as to the boy's intentions. When husband George becomes involved it becomes a cat and mouse game of survival.

Warner Independant Pictures
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Producers: Chris Coen, Hengameh Panahi, Hamish McAlpine
I viewed 9/08

1 comment:

blake said...

Which Funny Games are you reviewing? The original Austrian 1997 film with Ulrich Muhe and Susanne Lothar? Or the 2007 remake with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, and Michael Pitt?

I'd have to say I disagree with you on the acting (in both films). I thought it was fantastic, and completely disturbing. Also, the subject matter was completely fascinating, as Haneke (who directed both) was trying to prove a point about on screen violence. This is one of the more thought provoking pieces I've seen in a long time.