Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Funny Games

The movie opens up with a family driving to their country side vacation home. They are playing a guessing game of which piece of western classical music is being played on the radio. As the first credit appears on the screen, the soundtrack jarringly shifts to heavy metal rock. This sets the tone for the film which basically involves two sadistic teenagers terrorizing a family at their home for no rhyme nor reason. Prepare to cringe and come away disturbed!

The film serves as Michael Haneke's sadistic and satirical salute to the film industry for its love of wanton and pointless violence. Interestingly this was a remake of his own German version which was released in 1998. Looks like he felt strongly enough to send the same message out twice.

Rating: * * *

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