THE RULES ARE SIMPLE. PICK A FAMILY AND MAKE THEM PLAY.
Shortly after arriving at their lake house, Ann, George (Naomi Watts, Tim Roth) and their young son get a visit from two polite men (Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet) – who take them hostage. An Americanization of the 1997 Austrian thriller, which was also directed by Michael Haneke. His remake is shot-for-shot and adds absolutely nothing to the concept; the point is obvious early on and we’re left wondering why Haneke would do this in the first place. Excellent performances make the torture scenes hard to endure.
2008-France-Italy-Britain. 107 min. Color. Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Naomi Watts (Ann), Tim Roth (George), Michael Pitt (Paul), Brady Corbet (Peter), Devon Gearhart, Boyd Gaines.