Shall we begin?
In this provocative and brutal thriller remake from director Michael Haneke, a vacationing family gets an unexpected visit from two deeply disturbed young men. Their idyllic holiday turns nightmarish as they are subjected to unimaginable terrors and struggle to stay alive.
Depressing fucking games.
Next time someone asks me for eggs, take the whole fucking carton.
I thought this would be a comedy.
I don't find a damn thing funny about it.
The words "Fucked up" come to mind.
I don't think I'll ever be able watch this again, but I find I've forgotten very little since I watched it in theaters five years ago. A vicious piece of work all around, and I don't think I can add much to the voluminous critical writings on Haneke's intentions. But I never considered this as empty cruelty; if anything, it's the reverse, a howl of empathetic rage for every fictional casualty killed for our pleasure. Which sounds ridiculous, but there has to be some value in making us feel, if only for a moment, what it might be like to be one of the victims.
My man Roger Ebert said it best: "This isn't a movie, it's a thesis. "Funny Games" represents the laborious execution of an abstract notion. The concept is the movie, kind of like Andy Warhol's ''Empire'' (1964), an eight-hour stationary shot of the Empire State Building. You don't have to sit through the whole thing to get the point, unless you really want to."
The two stars are for good performances from the 5 main characters. That's it. It's not a film meant to entertain, but it's not particularly enlightening either. Through all the smug, I smelled the ending an hour away. I suppose the fact that I sat through the whole thing means Haneke "won". I don't know what I wanted to see, but I do know that I kept watching despite hating what I saw with all my being.
Do yourself a favor and skip this movie.
Such an horrific film, but in a good way! It's really disturbing and has intense suspense!
I really liked the particularity of the older psychopath brother dressed all in white, as white representing pureness and he being an authentic demon. The two were but he in particular.
Why didn't you just give them the eggs?
This movie is so bizarre, so sick, so twisted, and so horribly entertaining. Michael Pitt and and Brady Corbett are fantastic and play their nihilistic, unremorseful, psychotic roles perfectly. None of this really makes any sense, which, in a way, is sort of the point. Michael Haneke basically throws out all the rules and says "fuck it".
What a complete pile of crap. A decent basic story concept, but written, directed, and filmed with complete ineptitude and lack of talent.
The film thinks it's so smart - thinks it's so creative and stylish - thinks it's such a deep commentary - pretending its more mature and meaningful than any of the "torture porn" films of late. But no, this is far from what they think it is. It's just a terrible movie. It gets one full star only due to a decent cast.
...and to those who think i just don't "get it": I get it. I get what they thought they had to say. But knowing a film's intentions doesn't excuse it being a horribly-made pathetic waste of film.
Equally as bad as the original, now with a more attractive cast.
One of those films with one specific scene that will always make or break the audience. It makes my night every time. This Dora the Explorer-esque play-along romp of violence touts spell-binding performances from all five leads. The blood splatter and maligned cohorts set against a whiter than white world twist this family along with such brutality that I found my fist clenching for half of the movie. Whether or not one enjoys the ride (I very much did) does not matter (much like most of the victim's actions) as you'll be too strung out to do much more than stare blankly as the credits un-abashly scream at your face.
Also: This movie has my favorite plant in it.…
Wow, I didn't expect that. Really shocking, but also really good. It'ts just really disturbing.
Cutest criminals I ever did see!
I actually like certain things about this better than the original. Like the cinematography, and Naomi Watts' preformance. I still prefer the German version overall though. I think.
I saw this film at the suggestions of a friend who enjoys violent movies. I don’t tend enjoy violence unless it is somehow artfully accomplished or educational; Michael Haneke’s 2007 “Funny Games” is clearly aiming to make you think about why people enjoy fear and blood.
It’s not well done.
There is no explicit gore. There is no nudity. There are no jumpy moments. When something terrible occurs, it is usually done off-camera or the shot is cropped and the “scintillating” bits cut out. All that remains is the bare-bones horror of a family exhausted, terrified, weeping. Honestly, that’s enough.
If you’re interested in movies like Hostel (the ultra-violent and gory) then you aren’t going to feel moved to compassion,…