Monday, 5 August 2013

Review: Funny Games U.S. (2007)

Funny Games U.S.
IMDB rate: 6,4
Genre: Survival

Funny Games U.S. is not really a horror movie. More a thriller I guess. It's an interesting movie but it's so boring most of the time. The story is nice, a bit of The Strangers but without the masks. Games are being played to survive (or not) and while this is an interesting concept, I did not like the way it was made.
It's a very slow movie. Very, very slow. There are many useless scenes and the scenes that do have an use are far too much expanded, they just take way too long and it's really hard to keep focused.

In this exploration of our violent society and how depictions of violence reflect and shape our culture, a middle-class family submits both psychically and mentally to the torture, violence, and death foisted upon them by two young, unexpected, white-gloved visitors at their vacation retreat near a lake.

I must say the acting is amazing, Michael Pitt especially. That guy plays a psychopath so well, that he scares me in every other movie he plays in. Naomi Watts also is excellent in playing her part. Tim Roth kinda has a small part. From the moment he is being injured he's almost invisible in the movie. No use at all. Everything is up to Naomi Watts' character which makes me think that Tim Roth's character George is a bit of a pussy. The other psychopath is played by Brady Corbet who is also genuinely scary. Not as scary as Michael Pitt though.

There is almost no music in this movie. The sounds that are in the movie are coming from the TV or the radio. I liked the beginning where at first there is played classic movie, and suddenly it changed to some sort of metal. A brilliant noticeable change.

Unfortunately, there is one big huge mistake in this movie which makes me hate it; The killing of a dog. Seriously, does nobody learn that you should not kill an animal in a movie in order to make a movie successful.

Like I already said, the movie is very slow which makes it hard to focus. Also, whenever something action-like happens the screen is very dark. So you never see something happen, unfortunately.

I don't think Funny Games U.S. is a bad movie, but it's certainly not a movie for me.
It's very slow and you never see something happen. The acting is very good though. Also a nice concept.

My personal rate: 6/10

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