Title: Funny Games

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Year: 1997

Genre: Horror / Thriller / Drama

Language: German / French / Italian

Runtime: 108 min

Director: Michael Haneke

Writer: Michael Haneke

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119167/

A family of three are in their vacation cabin for some golfing with their friends. One day, a young man knocks on the door asking the mother of the family if he could borrow a few eggs. He continues to tell her that he was there visiting the neighbors and that they asked him to go borrow some. Things take a few wrong turns and it turns out that the young man isn't there to borrow eggs, and he also happens to have a friend there too. The two friends end up keeping the family hostage while they play bizarre games with them. The main game of the evening is a bet. A bet if the family will be alive the next morning or not.

Our thoughts:
Here we have a film with one of my favorite themes as far as more mainstream films go. Realistic killers set in a realistic environment. Basicly, I'm a big fan of realistic killer / stalker films. Films like "Ils", "Eden Lake", "The Strangers", or even "Vacancy" (the latter which isn't always as realistic as the others). "Funny Games" seemed to have that same theme. I bought it very cheap a while back, because there were so many things that made me sure that I would like this film alot. People have been recommending this film nonstop for a long time, and with a remake being out and all, I thought it was time to check it out. I didn't know much about the plot or anything, so nothing was spoiled for me, thank god, but I had been hearing alot of good things so I didn't doubt a second that the film would be good (I usually don't listen to hype, but this was from reliable sources).

The movie starts out a little boring and not very impressive. I wasn't impressed by the actors, and I think the only one that was decent so far was the kid. Anyway, it starts out with a family going to their vacation house. While going there, they stop to talk with their neighbors who are playing golf with some people they haven't seen there before. A while later (maybe another day), one of those "unknown" golfers comes by to borrow a few eggs. The mother gives him eggs, but he accidently drops them in the hallway. She laughs it off and when she's getting him more eggs, he.. ehum.. accidently shoves their phone down in water. The mother starts to get pissed and eventually he leaves with the eggs. Of course, he supposedly gets attacked by their dog outside and drops the eggs again. Yadda yadda yadda, everything ends up with him having a friend there, and the father in the family tells them to leave, and they hit him with a golf club. This is where it all begins. Actually, it all began when they killed their dog off screen, but basicly this is where it begins. They start playing games with the family while they are hostages. It starts to get pretty interesting here. I didn't think the film was better than those I mentioned earlier this far, but it showed great potential. Me and my friend (who I was watching it with) were having a great time with the film until BOOM, something in the end comes along and fucks us right up our anuses. I'm not gonna spoil too much, but the killers leave and the movie becomes extremely fucking stupid. They don't do anything that a person would in real life, and even when they do, they do it way too slow. At this point, you're not really surprised by what's happening either, so you won't be shocked if they come back, and not if they never come back and the film just ends. Either way would be expected frankly. As stupid as it sounds, since there's a 50/50 chance or both so of course they're both expected. But you know what I mean. Right? Well, anyway, one of those two things happen, and it happens in the most stupid way possible. They could've worked it a bit smarter than they did if you ask me. After that part stale part, the only thing I really liked was the ending scene, but even that one is something I would've done differently. I can't say exactly what here, but my idea would've doubled the runtime. If they would've have done that, kudos to them. It would've been amazing. But they didn't.

So.. alot of anger in this review. It's actually a decent watch, it has a few clever turns with the plot, even though they didn't do the best of them. There is one specific thing that they could've made alot better. One of the killers keeps on talking to the camera, to us, but this only happens a few times which makes the scene where he takes a remote and reverses the film a bit totally stupid. If they would've talked with the camera through the whole film, then yes, maybe I would've bought the concept of that. Still a nice touch that was added. Just not done right. Most violence is off screen which was a bit cool and added to the feel of the film. So yeah, definitely nothing wrong with Michael Haneke's way of making a fairly original film out of an old concept. Watch it if you like the concept, but stay away from all hype. The film is not shocking and above all, it's not a masterpiece. It's a film with plenty of good ideas, but many of them are done wrong. I'm not pissed that I bought the film, it cost less than a pizza, I will watch this with my girlfriend because it still had it's semi-chilling scenes, but it's not a film I will be recommending.

Positive things:
- Good ideas.
- Interesting killers.
- I'm actually gonna give the remake a try. I rarely care about remakes, but because I like this concept, and many good films with the concept has been released lately, I'm open to this remake.
Negative things:
- Good ideas done wrong.
- Annoying family.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 2/5

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