Funny Games (18)

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Time Out says

Wed Oct 10 2007

Haneke's new film is a near shot-by-shot remake of his 1997 film, only this time set in upstate New York with Naomi Watts and Tim Roth as George and Anna, a couple who arrive at their lakeside summer house with their young son, Georgie (Devon Gearhart) and are held hostage by Peter (Brady Corbet) and Paul (Michael Pitt), two clean-cut young men in white gloves who come knocking at their door looking for eggs. Those familiar with the Austrian original may find themselves distracted by the inevitable search for the (very few) differences between this and the original but should be thankful that Haneke has altered nothing of the distressing provocation of his earlier film by offering it up to a new, surely wider audience. As before, Haneke makes the viewer complicit with the screen horror in very creepy fashion, and his cast alll do justice to the original players. It's just a shame we have to wait a little longer for a genuinely new Haneke film.
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Fri Apr 4, 2008

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Renzo

Great movie. Good to see a movie where the evil serial killers don't look like the stereotypical ones you see in most thriller/horrors movies. Evil psycho serial killers can look like Leonardo Dicaprio too.

Byron

This is my first ever film review. This is simply the worst ever film in history. Please please do not watch this film.

J

This film is not for the faint-hearted. If you watch this film with expectations a generic“jumpy� thriller, then you will be disappointed. The wonder of this film is that it abides to none of the usual horror clichés. The extreme realism to the plot, the dark humour, and the lack of cheesy Hollywood ending makes it, in my opinion, a true psychological thriller. It holds similarities to the British ‘Eden Lake’, and should be appreciated for the clean, understated, and down-right morbid genius of Haneke. Those who class this film as ‘boring’ or ‘unimaginative’ truly do not get the message behind the film, and are, in fact, exemplary of what Hakene mocks, the glamorisation of violence through the American media.

J

This film is not for the faint-hearted. If you watch this film with expectations a generic“jumpy� thriller, then you will be disappointed. The wonder of this film is that it abides to none of the usual horror clichés. The extreme realism to the plot, the dark humour, and the lack of cheesy Hollywood ending makes it, in my opinion, a true psychological thriller. It holds similarities to the British ‘Eden Lake’, and should be appreciated for the clean, understated, and down-right morbid genius of Haneke. Those who class this film as ‘boring’ or ‘unimaginative’ truly do not get the message behind the film, and are, in fact, exemplary of what Hakene mocks, the glamorisation of violence through the American media.

Sarah

I think this was a really terrible film. The idea however was good and imaginative but the way the film was structured and formed was horrible. 1st of all there were many parts where it was prolonged for so long i had to fast forward. 2. When they killed the son the parents did not even show any major reaction like you would normally 3rd the fictional part did not relate at all with the story 4th the fact that all of the family members died showed no justice which makes the whole film pointless really

somecoolusername

By far the worst film I've ever seen. Non imaginative and stupid. What the hell was that with the remote?!? You'd have to be extremely easily pleased and shallow to get anything out of this film.... Thats nearly 2 hours of my life wasted...

RBY

Funny Games is NOT a horror film. Funny Games is NOT violent. (Well, actually it is, without actually showing any violence). Funny Games is not a date movie. Funny Games IS disturbing. Although an Austrian film from a German director, the original Funny Games was banned in Germany for over 10 years. Haneke remade Funny Games in English for the American market, where violence is an integral part of society (and Funny Games is a film ABOUT how society treats acts of violence). The original Austrian Funny Games is a better film. The original Austrian Funny Games is a cinematic masterpiece, this is just a carbon copy.

Lynn

I loved this smart film. Thought-provoking, humorous (black), chilling, captivating. Fine acting, especially Watts. But not for the average American movie-goer, who simply will not get it.

Evan

Talk about pretentious, you all really need to stop it. This movie was fantastic in my honest opinion. I may not have seen the original but I don't need to see it to know that this movie was a psychological masterpiece. Get off of your damn high horses and try to enjoy a movie for once. I bet you'd all love G-Force.

Amanda.

This was the most stupid, unrealistic film ive ever watched. DO NOT waste 2 hours of your time watching this. Its a joke. Not a film.

spiro

useman, Blair and bush? "the kids bowel bladder incontinence induced by fear is referred to as a lack of housebreaking negligence due to his mothers lack of training"? Interesting reading but beware of stating this as fact. Why doesn't anyone ever look at what is actually in the film rather than what is a very obscure possibility? It might have more to do with class, and possible fear of generation y lack of morals dog eat dog scenario, making violence unsatisfying, than any reference to "the mothers lack of training". Some acting was not the best. Good but in long takes the illusion is broken and not just when it is meant to (talking to the camera/breaking the wall).

Jackie

it wasnt a bad movie. if you didn't like it then you probobly didn't get it. And if you got it and still didn't like it then you just have bad taste. It was really smart and a truley chilling movie. It had funny parts to it, very dark humor but it was deffinetly there, The charectors represent so much and the two guys, Paul and Peter, are distrubing killers but if you study what they say and do its brilliant. Like when he would talk to the audience and break the wall between the fictional charectors and the reality, Or when something didnt go the way it was "supposed" to, he has the power to rewind it and change one thing to change the whole next scene. It wasn't a BAD movie, it wasn't even that gory, you barley saw anyone acutally get hurt or be tortured. This is uncommon in todays movie as thats what film makers think we want to see. Instead it goes to the bystander of the victim. It was a really interesting movie. Ridiculously slow in the middle but overall a smart film. I advise people to see it but keep an open mind and not decide to hate it because its a little different from most movies. Think about what its saying and the point of it. Its actually very good.

Jackie

it wasnt a bad movie. if you didn't like it then you probobly didn't get it. And if you got it and still didn't like it then you just have bad taste. It was really smart and a truley chilling movie. It had funny parts to it, very dark humor but it was deffinetly there, The charectors represent so much and the two guys, Paul and Peter, are distrubing killers but if you study what they say and do its brilliant. Like when he would talk to the audience and break the wall between the fictional charectors and the reality, Or when something didnt go the way it was "supposed" to, he has the power to rewind it and change one thing to change the whole next scene. It wasn't a BAD movie, it wasn't even that gory, you barley saw anyone acutally get hurt or be tortured. This is uncommon in todays movie as thats what film makers think we want to see. Instead it goes to the bystander of the victim. It was a really interesting movie. Ridiculously slow in the middle but overall a smart film. I advise people to see it but keep an open mind and not decide to hate it because its a little different from most movies. Think about what its saying and the point of it. Its actually very good.

asdf asfd

The worst movie I have ever seen they only scary and funny part about it is that it is so bad you want to shoot yourself after seeing it. If you want to mock hollywood and american entertainment, GO FlUlClK Yourself ;-)

usman khawaja

provocative games -set -match =winner haneke haneke takes u.s.a on a satirical ride with its bourgeois middle class family-sv40-dog-pretty wife-one kid-holiday second home,this fits and works better in u.s then austria,as the characters are violently funny and measure up to the current american morality,the protagonists pitt-corbett walk into the posh farber house asking for eggs and then terrorise the 3 victims in THEIR OMN HOME,with pitt adressing the camera and doing the great rewind touch when an incident does not conclude to his meticulously planned violent concourse,haneke is tasteful unlike the hollywood slashers ,none of the violence or nudity is actually shown,the execution left for imagination and the act suggested, the perception of the reality is the concept here,unlike MARGOT AT WEDDING where masturbating women actually adorn the screen,naomi watts is a seriously good prototype for a 30 something house wife[compared to kidman as margot]and here she changes from a delightful neighbour to a protective mother to a numbed victim in a total transformation -both pitt as the active perpetrator and watt as the victim who fight back steal the movie,but it works primarily for the intelligence imbued on it by haneke,he almost makes this a modern global fable-the 2 anglo saxon bullies can easily be BUSH-BLAIR with their self taunts,white tennis outfits with matching gloves-who go terrorising rich homes[iraq]for purely sadomasochistic reasons-the reality also is shocking as no one comes to help the victims as in todays reality,the predators are charming with polite ,excellent manners akin to the allies and their propaganda machine -the results as disastrous and pointless as the war itself , THE AMIGUOUS sexuality of the duo,their ambidextrous skills with weponry whether it be chesterfield or golf clubs ,their ability to joke and murder dually is nauseating yet ring true ,their total lack of remorse,appetite for steak while nauseatingly shooting live human beings actually is a seething satire on the anglo-american behaviour in iraqi prison camps captured on hdtv videocams -it also mixes footage of bobby racing his cars on the tracks and various other television images to vicariously depict the vulgarity and violence of the public media-an allusion or a metaphor ,it is all yours to decide , the kids bowel bladder incontinence induced by fear is referred to as a lack of housebreaking negligence due to his mothers lack of training ,it is dark humour and it is pathologically affective ,yet never titillting ,nor correctional or sermonising .it just describes what our social milieu has transformed into presently . this is a provokingly painful movie to watch for american intellectuals as well as the brits as it descRibes the moral disaster today in a logical manner ,with chic shots of suburban homes and blood splattered HD tvs ,kids being smothered in white masks with wives being ordered to strip to entertain guests by tortured spouses. its too real to be comfy but powerful enough to be great cinema , naive-dEfinitely not ,designed to provoke -maybe ,upsetting the targetted audience -well and truly,yet tastefully but gratuitously violent always get ready to squirm and be jolted out of your seat -but even any mention of SAW or comparison to HOSTEL IS NOT JUST INCONGRUOUS BUT A CINEMATIC BLASPHEMY. this remake is an instant cult classic in its own right and haneke has played a perfect tennis game with his cold blooded self professed drug addicted killers and their desperate suburban victims too comfortable in their mundane lives to appreciate the pain of sufferring so rampant today globally.this is a deadly parable of our suburban lives today ,which have become equally violent and predictable in their predicament GAME SET MATCH ALL TO HANEKE-you win hands down rewind time -remake -a fearsome frolic and a serious debate on mass murder and morality in modern times in the manner of ROPE by hitchcock -but truly reviving and insanely cerebral-haneke you are a true intellectual . usman khawaja - jbz7879

usman khawaja

provocative games -set -match =winner haneke haneke takes u.s.a on a satirical ride with its bourgeois middle class family-sv40-dog-pretty wife-one kid-holiday second home,this fits and works better in u.s then austria,as the characters are violently funny and measure up to the current american morality,the protagonists pitt-corbett walk into the posh farber house asking for eggs and then terrorise the 3 victims in THEIR OMN HOME,with pitt adressing the camera and doing the great rewind touch when an incident does not conclude to his meticulously planned violent concourse,haneke is tasteful unlike the hollywood slashers ,none of the violence or nudity is actually shown,the execution left for imagination and the act suggested, the perception of the reality is the concept here,unlike MARGOT AT WEDDING where masturbating women actually adorn the screen,naomi watts is a seriously good prototype for a 30 something house wife[compared to kidman as margot]and here she changes from a delightful neighbour to a protective mother to a numbed victim in a total transformation -both pitt as the active perpetrator and watt as the victim who fight back steal the movie,but it works primarily for the intelligence imbued on it by haneke,he almost makes this a modern global fable-the 2 anglo saxon bullies can easily be BUSH-BLAIR with their self taunts,white tennis outfits with matching gloves-who go terrorising rich homes[iraq]for purely sadomasochistic reasons-the reality also is shocking as no one comes to help the victims as in todays reality,the predators are charming with polite ,excellent manners akin to the allies and their propaganda machine -the results as disastrous and pointless as the war itself , THE AMIGUOUS sexuality of the duo,their ambidextrous skills with weponry whether it be chesterfield or golf clubs ,their ability to joke and murder dually is nauseating yet ring true ,their total lack of remorse,appetite for steak while nauseatingly shooting live human beings actually is a seething satire on the anglo-american behaviour in iraqi prison camps captured on hdtv videocams -it also mixes footage of bobby racing his cars on the tracks and various other television images to vicariously depict the vulgarity and violence of the public media-an allusion or a metaphor ,it is all yours to decide , the kids bowel bladder incontinence induced by fear is referred to as a lack of housebreaking negligence due to his mothers lack of training ,it is dark humour and it is pathologically affective ,yet never titillting ,nor correctional or sermonising .it just describes what our social milieu has transformed into presently . this is a provokingly painful movie to watch for american intellectuals as well as the brits as it descRibes the moral disaster today in a logical manner ,with chic shots of suburban homes and blood splattered HD tvs ,kids being smothered in white masks with wives being ordered to strip to entertain guests by tortured spouses. its too real to be comfy but powerful enough to be great cinema , naive-dEfinitely not ,designed to provoke -maybe ,upsetting the targetted audience -well and truly,yet tastefully but gratuitously violent always get ready to squirm and be jolted out of your seat -but even any mention of SAW or comparison to HOSTEL IS NOT JUST INCONGRUOUS BUT A CINEMATIC BLASPHEMY. this remake is an instant cult classic in its own right and haneke has played a perfect tennis game with his cold blooded self professed drug addicted killers and their desperate suburban victims too comfortable in their mundane lives to appreciate the pain of sufferring so rampant today globally.this is a deadly parable of our suburban lives today ,which have become equally violent and predictable in their predicament GAME SET MATCH ALL TO HANEKE-you win hands down rewind time -remake -a fearsome frolic and a serious debate on mass murder and morality in modern times in the manner of ROPE by hitchcock -but truly reviving and insanely cerebral-haneke you are a true intellectual . usman khawaja - jbz7879

Technoguy

Haneke is a serious intellectual auter. Stange that he felt the need to do this shot for shot remake.But he is remaking himself in another more mainstream language.There is no fake sentimentality,consolation or redemption in his vision.Two pseodo-intellectual sociopaths enter the field like Pinter's Goldberg and McCann in The Birthday Party. Hanneke had no need to go over this old ground after the sophistication of 'Hidden'.But like Cronenburg he wishes to enter the mainstream audiences and utilizes well known actors to get his fundamental message across.At least he is remaking himself.But what next?

Pronoy

Criticizing plot elements, flaws in structural consistency and inherent implausibilities seem a futile exercise when the film, by nature, regards such elements as irreplaceable. Funny Games is a reflection on the nature of film itself, disregarding conventional preconceived notions of what the established medium should entail. The absurdity of the event and its subsequent disregard of conventional ethics, implausibilities, and lack of collateral influence within the limited setting itself force the viewer to reflect on the medium, not riddle with the plot. It begs the question: what is film? It posits a story, one that audiences relate to, as a symbolic representation of reality. Haneke challenges that very trust, the assumption that the relationship between the viewer and a film is one of pure observance, viewing a story and judging its "purpose" based on its visual representation. Yet, from the onset Funny Games challenges the viewer's relationship to the film. It places the viewer within the context of the plot itself, while simultaneously weaving a narrative freckled with absurdity, one that the viewer realizes only through his discomfort. Haneke presents a story that would make even the most liberal of viewers squint, while placing no significance to its actual sequence of events, creating an alternate reality where the very laws of chronological progression break down. You are left with nothing other than a sequence of events, an eyepiece into an event, and yet realize the absurdity of its relation. The murders, the violence, they hold no significance, because the event itself is wrought in absurdity. It's hard to say I enjoyed the film, because I hesitate to place it within film itself, but certainly Haneke's exercise in reflexivity posited the film as merely a statement: If film is just another medium to express an idea or a story, then where are the guidlines I must follow? Why don't I just challenge the very nature of film itself? Funny Games, I must say, is truly a film, for it in it of itself realizes itself as a film. Brilliant.

Pronoy

Criticizing plot elements, flaws in structural consistency and inherent implausibilities seem a futile exercise when the film, by nature, regards such elements as irreplaceable. Funny Games is a reflection on the nature of film itself, disregarding conventional preconceived notions of what the established medium should entail. The absurdity of the event and its subsequent disregard of conventional ethics, implausibilities, and lack of collateral influence within the limited setting itself force the viewer to reflect on the medium, not riddle with the plot. It begs the question: what is film? It posits a story, one that audiences relate to, as a symbolic representation of reality. Haneke challenges that very trust, the assumption that the relationship between the viewer and a film is one of pure observance, viewing a story and judging its "purpose" based on its visual representation. Yet, from the onset Funny Games challenges the viewer's relationship to the film. It places the viewer within the context of the plot itself, while simultaneously weaving a narrative freckled with absurdity, one that the viewer realizes only through his discomfort. Haneke presents a story that would make even the most liberal of viewers squint, while placing no significance to its actual sequence of events, creating an alternate reality where the very laws of chronological progression break down. You are left with nothing other than a sequence of events, an eyepiece into an event, and yet realize the absurdity of its relation. The murders, the violence, they hold no significance, because the event itself is wrought in absurdity. It's hard to say I enjoyed the film, because I hesitate to place it within film itself, but certainly Haneke's exercise in reflexivity posited the film as merely a statement: If film is just another medium to express an idea or a story, then where are the guidlines I must follow? Why don't I just challenge the very nature of film itself? Funny Games, I must say, is truly a film, for it in it of itself realizes itself as a film. Brilliant.