Funny Games (2007)
No mere gimmick, Michael Haneke’s US version of his 1997 Austrian thriller reinforces the troubling nature of a society plagued by violence.
In the US, the relationship between screen and real-life violence is complex. So it seems natural that Michael Haneke would look to remake his most notorious film there. But what he produces is a shot-for-shot remake of his original, albeit with Naomi Watts and Tim Roth as the unsuspecting couple and a terrifying Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet as the tennis whites-wearing sociopaths. The action now unfolds in the affluent Hamptons, but what unfolds remains the same. And the power of the film is no less chilling second time around.
BBFC Certified 18 - Contains strong sustained threat, humiliation and violence