Thursday, March 27, 2008

Serious Business

"Funny Games" is an intriguing movie that's not "about" what it appears to be about at all.

On the surface, the movie's plot is about a family whose luxury vacation home is invaded by two young men who, over the course of the evening, kill the family. A real upper.

But actually the movie is about the audience watching the film and the sadistic thrill of watching what amounts to a snuff film.

And if it's not clear, a few times characters in the movie actually turn to the audience and remind them what outcome they are silently rooting for in the dark.

It's one of those movies that's hard to get out of your mind -- unless it gets blown away by a giant rifle.
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