Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Funny Games (1997)

Since the new American version was gone from the theaters in this area before I could catch it I decided to just rent the original, which is apparently the same movie line-for-line but with German-speaking actors. It's masterfully directed and acted, and super-realistic if we don't count a few moments where one of the bad guys directly addresses the viewer. It's also a very effective critique of all those home invasion movies (and their audiences) where the bad guy tortures and humiliates a nice American family while you wait for them to start fighting back and eventually murder him in some gruesome way that will make you cringe and applaud at the same time. I wanted to rate this one five stars but for obvious reasons it doesn't have the universal appeal that would allow me to give the DVD as a Christmas gift to just anyone.

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