The admirable thing about this film... it doesn't play it safe. In most horror films you can tell what person will live to the end, what'll happen to the bad guys, who'll come out on top. There's a formula to it, a very simple formula... this film doesn't follow that formula. This film defies that formula. This film does some things that I didn't think you could or should do in a horror film. Scenes like "Hot, Warm, Cold" (When you see the scene you'll know what I mean) or the scene where one of the bad guys makes himslef something to eat are among the creepiest scenes in the movie. This film took such a simple idea, two men playing games with hostages, and crafted something that was nothing short of a masterpiece. This film defies expectations, uses suspense instead of gore and takes incredible chances with it's storytelling. I haven't seen the original, but this film stands up wonderfully on it's own. It's only losing a mark because of Tim Roth who I think spent the entire movie on "I don't want to act" mode.
One of the most disturbing, yet bizarre films I've ever seen. Be warned, this is not for the feint of heart.
Great movie, extremely creepy and uncomfortable to watch.
a good re-do, almost sceen for sceen.
Absolutely brilliant and very creepy. Fantastic performances by all apart from the Dad.
Naomi, why didn't you read this script properly before you accepted it? This script has so many non believable aspects to it, for example, how it was possible that these bad guys gained such easy access to their home with little force and no guns?? Naomi's character initially showed herself to be an intelligent woman with a bit of guts but how she and her pathetic husband (I mean so pathetic that he was almost unwatchable) almost 'lay down' to allow these creeps to take over them. And then there was the scene where Naomi found it more necessary to turn off the TV than to see her son lying beside it? Not the work of the caring mother her character was.
Now I haven't seen the original version of this movie, and certainly won't now , but it was directed by the same fellow and if he was content to put this movie into the cinemas then I can't imagine the original to be any better as he directed and wrote that one as well. Could've been much better. Painful to watch. Thumbs down to this one.
Due respect to Naomi Watts, she's a great actress and we love her. Though she is the executive producer of this film, itis not something I would rate very highly. Plot-wise, skilfully crafted..
The original by Haneke was a complete movie and I'm not sure why he wanted to repeat the exercise (apart from making it accessible to US (and Australian?) viewers who don't seem capable to watch non-English language movies.
Pitt's character works well in the remake but Brady Corbet is just a tad to much a 'nice boy' for this role. My advice: watch the original then only watch this as a curio.
This film had to overcome my other half's unfair bias against Naomi Watts and to its credit did so. The boys terrorizing was pitch perfect. The flaws are if you are going for shock value there is no such thing as too much, the film doesn't have the same impact as The Strangers. Naomi, if your character is getting humiliated and degraded let us see it too.Tim Roth works well as the hapless husband who cannot protect his family. If there was less implied violence and nudity there would be more stars.
i read the reviews for this movie and despite the many reviews writing this movie off,i thought i would give it a chance.this movie had creepy villain actors,weird movie with a weird story line,weird in an odd way.boring.waste of time
You ask yourself, why wont the characters do this or try this are they that dumb
atrocious! incredulous storyline.
Just terrible. Don't bother.
Absolute trash. don't waste your time with this rubbish. it starts off ok, but it's downhill all the way from there.
The movie was different to most Thrillers/horror movies, interesting ending.
Did not like this movie at all. Watched it all though, hoping it'd get better but....it didn't!!
Awful. Absolutely awful. Suspense? Where? Bored, bored, bored. I felt as though they ran out of script half way through the film and just improvised the rest. Way too many flaws in the script to be even remotely believable.
Extrememly disturbing movie.
i watched it to the end hoping for a positive outcome but there was no relief.
It was well done but I wouldn't have watched it if I had known how disturbing it would be. Its the most chilling movie I've ever seen.
Great movie - full of suspense and unexpected outcomes - loved it!
Intense. I totally got into the emotional rollercoaster this movie took me on.
The info about the movie should be re-written, it is really misleading. Makes the movie sound a lot more fun than it really is. VERY slow and weird. The rewind thing completely ruined it for me, really stupid.
A brilliant and very disturbing film. How did Naomi Watts not get an Oscar nomination for this role let alone not win the Academy Award for her all too real performance.
It breaks 2 of Hollywood's long established traditions and one of them is the safe predictable "happy ending" that is the reason a few brainless dingbats have given this extremely memorable film bad reviews.
Easily the best film Ive seen this year. Why? because it really messes with you. That is what art is supposed to do.
Interesting, certainly not what I expected and very very creepy. If you like suspense this one is not too bad.
not as good as the original, but still great quality for a hollywood remake.
Brutal. Be prepared to be depressed if you watch this one
This is the worst movie I have ever seen! A complete waste of time. It was very slow, boring and had an unrealistic storyline. I'm surprised Naomi Watts took part in this terrible movie.
I hated this movie, but it did have some interesting things to say. It was frustrating and harrowing to watch, but how it differs from virtually ever other movie covering the kind of scenario is that the film maker had a message about violence and the way that movies like this typically handle violence. We want to see the man of the house prevail and beat the crap out of them and somehow get the better of the bad guys in the end. We want to feel relieved and see justice prevail at the end. Don't hold your breath.
Most people won't enjoy this film at all and probably regret the choice, but then some will appreciate the message. I appreciated it, but didn't think the ordeal of watching this movie was worth it for the message.
Very slow. If a Naomi Watts fan I WOULD watch this movie as it's not TOO bad, but in all honesty VERY slow and just TOO slow at times :(
Painful to watch, sick storyline....Who thinks of these story lines?
Excellent film. Hard to suggest to casual viewers as it is a heavy commentary on the slasher and torture-porn genre. However, if you like thought-provoking films that are still genuinely entertaining, then you are in for a treat.
So many viewers and reviewers have completely missed the point.
An art-house version of Scream? Kind of.
This movie was recommended by a friend - the only way to sum up this movie is...STRANGE...
The twisted storyline of this film is at times hard to follow, how ever the only reason I could continue watching is because I wanted to know what was coming next. Naomi Watts is very good in this movie, highly disturbing.
From the first few minutes of the opening scene, where they are driving, I knew this was going to be a 'different' movie because of the camera angles they were using. Then all of a sudden this heavy metal music plays and scares me a little because I wasn't expecting it. The movie was ok, not a huge fan of Naomi Watts, but the 'at a glance' description made me think it would be an interesting movie to watch. The ending makes you think that the cycle will repeat itself.
I was going to give this movie 2 stars but then there is that so called twist in the last 10 minutes that involves an Adam Sandler in "Click" type moment that destroys any semblance of credibility this film had. It is pointless. Maybe that is what the filmmaker was trying to achieve. Tim Roth is a sap.
Improbable, but very scary. Well acted by the two villains, not so convincing by the victims. Don't like the aspect of no ending either.
Great movie weird ending but good anyway
...Being a fan of this genre of movie i found it to be above the 'average to bad' category. It was creepy disturbing
Seriously scarey - couldn't watch it - freaked me out.
This was a terribly disturbing movie. It left me feeling cold afterwards. Definately one to add to your "Do Not Watch" List!
Did not enjoy this film, could only stand to watch 20 minutes....
This promised much in the first 30 minutes but quickly fell into mediocrity. The victims were totally useless and the killers sudden speaking to camera was totally uncalled for and pretentious. This was crap
Very weird...funny alright !!! Sat through it but by the end you knew that it was going to have one of those endings that just wasn't worth sitting through adn waiting for!
Very good movie, unpredicatable. A couple of sicko, disturbing, sleazy characters to make you feel uncomfortable.
How can someone dedicate so much effort in producing such a big pile of rubbish like this film?
I watched this movie in the foetal position! Although I won't rush off to see it again, the movie and its themes stayed with me for days afterward. Not easily consumed but well worth the trauma.
I wonder why? Haneke remade the exact same movie with as for only differences the language and the actors! All the rest of it, from the first frame to the last, from the story to the dialogues, from the music to the clothing, is EXACTLY identical to the german version Haneke made few years ago. So yes I wonder why! If you haven't seen the first version, you might find this interesting however if you have seen the first film, forget about this one because you will have the feeling to watch again the same movie. Btw good performances from the actors however the actors from the german version were as good (and certainly less paid :)
Disturbing characters. Not the ending I was expecting, and a little art house in between just to mix things up a bit.
I was sort of looking forward to seeing this, and also dreading it a bit based on what i had heard about the original and what Naomi Watts had to say. I found it somewhat intriguing, particularly when one of the characters insisted on speaking directly to the audience, thereby breaking through that wall. The violence is for the most part implied, but it is still hard to watch although i think worth the effort. It is a thought provoking insight into privilege and its' abuse; the way the ruling class allows its members to feel justified in going so far as to slap a boy they don't even know; and of course how quickly everything you thought you know to be true and solid can disappear with the knock at the door. Go on... add it to your queue!
The story had promise, but the acting i found hard to watch (naomi watts) i can never watch more than 15 minutes of any of her movies... but i persisted. Sure it has some shocks, bad guys and twists but overall not enough to keep me interested.
Strange. Really strange but good. Didn't really have an ending or maybe not the ending I expected. A couple of twisted, cruel, sick puppies.
Good acting, but pathetic story.
Very good movie, however the content was very disturbing - not just the violence aspect; the two evil characters were chilling in their cold, calm and truly sick personas. I did manage to watch it to the end, but admit to feeling very uncomfortable throughout.
I cant believe how people think this rubbish is great. A family is taken hostage by two killers who talk like upper class butlers and must fight for their lives. The acting is uneven with Watts giving the best performance out of a bad lot. The direction starts off well but instead of what could had been Desperate Hours for the 21st century falls apart half way through and turns to the most bizarre plot twists that are not belieable for a miro-second. There is clearly a rip off of Shocker in one scene with a TV remote. The villians are plainly more annoying than evil. I applaud the absense of gore aiming for suspense but the film ends like a cheap 1980's horror film that left a bad taste in my mouth. Sorry for those who liked this but I simply hated it.
What can i say about this film?
Its well made, yes, its extremely well acted, yes. But is it enjoyable to watch? No. 'Funny Games' would have to be one of the most twisted, shocking and sick films i have ever seen. Its so morbid and dark that its impossible to view as entertaining.
This film was created to shock and disturb its audience, and trust me, it does exactly that.
A shot by shot remake of an Austrian film from the same Director, under the same name.
Don't say i didn't warn you.
I give it 3/5 stars.