(not the r1 cover, but way better than it anyways.) If you havnt heard of the distrubing, smart and fresh thriller 'Funny Games' you're in for a treat. Funny Games' plot is very simple, but executed brilliantly, by both the director and all the actors involved. It's about a 'white picket fence' family that arrives in their summer home by the lake for a relaxing vacation, but their lives are turned completely upside down when their house is intruded in by two well dressed and seemingly well mannered (at first) men. Though its only a few minutes before you start to realize these guys arent there to borrow some cooking ingredients. The family soon finds themselves stuck in the middle of their sick games, that abuse them mentally and physically, while progressively getting worse and more brutal. This film is brutal, the hype you've heard about it is true. There is infact very little blood and gore, its more mentally and emotionally brutal. If you want to see a true nihilistic film, forget Guinee Pig or the other brainless fake snuff romps, check this out. First off if you think you know how it ends, you dont. And if you do manage to guess how it ends, there's no way you'll be able to predict the methods in which it does. It's not a predictable movie by any means; things happen quickly, things happen brutally, so its very unpredictable. Not only this but the director throws in a number of really nice imaginative touches that turn the viewer into an active 'player' in the men's sick games. You're asked questions, and at some points the 'laws of film' are twisted, I dont want to give too much away but you'll know what I mean when you see it. It sounds kind of quirky and gimmicy but its all pulled off very well. The film is very smart too, by that I mean there wasnt 1 part where I was yelling at the screen "No dont go there!" or "Dont do that!" the characters are smart (what a nice change) and its all pulled off brilliantly by the fantastic acting, I was blown away by all the preformances. Some real raw emotion. As well, you wont see any 'Oh my leg is hurt, but since I'm in danger I suddenly have the strength to run away!!' When people get hurt in this film they GET HURT, and are down for the count, the pain was acted off so well I could practically feel it. The DVD is basically barebones, with only filmographies and and a grainy, shaky trailer. The picture is kind of worn in some places as well, but who cares, the movie is that good. I wouldnt love 'Thesis' anymore than I do now if it had a perfect picture and extras, and its the same case here. It's a movie that is definately seen with as little known as possible, so as much as I'd like to babble on without spoilers I wont, I'll end the spoiler-free part here. Highly reccomended, seriously, its a really smart and distrubing film, some of the best acting I've seen. if you see it, buy it. If you're even slightly interested, order it (I think its a tough one to find..?) you wont be dissapointed, It's a true gem. Now for the HUGE spoilers filled part, anyone who has seen the film care to start a discussion I'd love that; Really HUGE spoilers Spoiler I was pretty blown away by several parts of the film, but mostly by things that took place after the son's head was blown off (and by the way, wow!). First off, I thought the scene where it took the husband and wife, I think literally 10 minutes of screen time to get up after the attackers left, in that single take too, was really powerful. I really liked the parts where Paul interacted with the audience, they were pulled off perfectly; mainly when, the husband told him to just kill them both right away, and Paul asked the viewer 'You dont want to see it end now, right? There is still development left, a plausible ending' etc. And the strange thing was, I did want it to go on, depsite the couples suffering (which kind of creeped me out) but I did want exactly what Paul said, a more developed ending....possibly a happy one? Which brings up another point, when there is that single moment of hope when the wife grabs the shotgun and blows Peter away....only for Paul to intervene and actually REWINDS the film, assuring the audience there is no happy ending to be had here, thus bringing an entirely new twist that I've never really seen in a film before. I'm so used to thrillers and movies in general where the main character(s) just barely make it out alive. Not in this case, the film is 'rewound', husband blown away, wife tied up and thrown over a boat. I really didnt see it coming. I had a feeling they were gonna die before I watched the film, based off the reviews I read, but I didnt expect any of the little twists, that threw me for a loop a few times, and I really couldnt have predicted 95% of what happened in that last act. Really brilliant. I also can't say enough good things about the acting, it was flawless in my opinion..