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Genre: Drama
Starring: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Boyd Gaines, Siobhan Fallon, Devon Gearhart
Director: Michael Haneke
Rating: NC-16 (Disturbing Content and Some Violence)
Year Made: 2008








Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




George, his wife Anne, their son, Georgie and their dog arrive at their lake house. They are introduced to a young man, Paul. A short time later, Paul accompanied by another young man, Peter arrives to borrow eggs from Anne and then refuses to leave.

Paul and Peter kill the family's dog and break George's leg with a golf club. Then the two man take the family hostage. They force the family to participate in a number of sadist games. Paul asks the family to bet if they will still be alive by 9 o'clock the next morning. Both Paul and Peter say that they probably will bet on the family being dead.

During a scuffle that night, Georgie escapes and tries to seek help from the house next door...


There are films which are made to entertain the masses, and then there are films which are made to provoke the niche audience in the least enjoyable manner. German filmmaker Michael Haneke made a controversial thriller Funny Games in 1997, and ten years later, he remakes his own work in a shot by shot manner, only changing the setting to the US (hence the title, get it?). While this reviewer has never watched the original, he has seen Haneke’s award winning The Piano Teacher (2001) and Hidden (2005). And while he lets Haneke’s latest work play on the DVD player, he is well aware of the eventual coldness he will be left with after the film’s 107 minutes.

The movie a follows a middle-class family as they give in physically and mentally to two young and unexpected visitors while they are on a holiday at a house near a lake. They are tortured violently with games that the two men came up with. And guess what? The audience is part of it as the two white gloved men being speaking to you (yes, you who are keeping your eyes glues on the screen) in the most unexpected manner.

The synopsis may sound like a typical thriller, but the approach to telling this story is definitely not for audiences who prefer the movies with straightforward narratives. While academics can write about how this movie is a depiction of how violence is depicted in the media, one can also view it as a chilling psychodrama as the victims are subjected to off screen violence that will have you squirm in fear.

With Naomi Watts (Eastern Promises, The Painted Veil) and Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk, Dark Water) playing the unfortunate couple, you will sympathize with the torture they have to go through. And with relatively unknowns Michael Pitt (Silk) and Bradt Corbet (Mysterious Skin) playing the two game masters, you get the gripping horror they send down the victims’ spines.

Be prepared for a very unconventional story treatment here as the bad guys turn to the screen and bet with you that the couple will die by 9am in the morning. They even have the power to get the remote control the rewind the movie a little to change the fates of the victims. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and as the credits roll playing Naked City’s “Bonehead”, you’ll either be left cold or impressed by the storyteller’s ingenuity.


This Code 3 disc contains no special features.


The visual transfer is what you get from a typical DVD, and the picture is presented in its original English audio track.




Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm Media


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