An upper middle class family on vacation is taken hostage in their summer home by two mysterious young men, and forced to play an escalating and sadistic “game” for their amusement. Involves and challenges the viewer like only a Michael Haneke film can.
Superb direction with well-placed breaks in the fourth wall, complimented with sudden and extreme spurs of violence. A masterful psychological horror thriller. The film somehow enters the mind and personal space of the viewer, captivates us and takes us on a suspenseful ride into the darkest corners of human nature.
Boldly criticizes modern pop culture and violence in the media, as well as the viewer’s own expectations of entertainment. With “Funny Games”, Haneke creates one of the most brutal and inhuman characters in cinema, played by the talented Arno Frisch in the Austrian-set original.
Haneke later remade the film, shot by shot, in the USA with Naomi Watts and Tim Roth (2007).
Both versions of the film have received a wide array of reception, called “vile”, “profoundly disturbing” and “genius”.
1997 Funny Games Cast: Arno Frisch, Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Frank Giering
2007 Funny Games Cast: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet
IMDb (2007 Remake): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808279
Watch the 2007 version of Funny Games here with Amazon Instant Video!