This film has a very simple premise that goes off and screws you up in the head. It's about an average family that gets terrorized by two home invaders. That's it... that's the overall plot of the film, but it's not really that simple either. On the outside, it just seems like at first, but as the film plays along, with the two protagonists just brutalizing this poor family, as a view, you start to wonder just how much of it you are willing to take before you just get up and leave, and even the characters in the film start asking you, the viewer, this same question. Yeah, they talk into the camera at the audience. It's not a new idea, by any means, but it's used rather effectively here. I'm not giving away the ending, but talking to the audience is not the kookiest part of the film... it gets odder before the ending that had more then one person in the theater yelling out "What the Fuck!"
I'm gotta tell you, very few of you will want to see this film. It is not a film for the average theater goer and you will probably walk out within the first half hour. You're better off going to see 50,000 BC or NEVER BACK DOWN. Something simple and safe.
Naomi Watts was, as usual, really good here. The main bad guy Peter, played by Michael Pitt gave me the creeps. He looks so nace and innocent like the guy who takes you to your table at the Olive Garden or something, yet after this film, I'd hate to see him in person cause he freaks me the fuck out.
This film is fucking brutal and disturbing and I'd love for it to find a large enough audience for Hollywood to make more movies like this. Think along the lines of HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER or LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT or TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACARE. The funny part is that there was no on screen gore to gape at, like TCM, which made it even more disturbing. I had seen two other films from this director (THE PIANO TEACHER and CACHE) and this easily puts those to shame. This is a remake of one of his other films, but with english speaking actors for the American audience and now I want to see the original to see if it's any different, usually they 'water/dumb down' films like this for the US and I'm dying to see what was left out.
Overall, Sick and twisted little film that deserves a wider audience then it will get. Naomi Watts certainly earns herself another Best Actress nod for this come Oscar time, if people remember it at the end of the year.
Rating: B+ - My kind of flick, which means no one else will enjoy it, which is a crying shame.
The cynic in me went into this episode thinking, "Why are they bothering with Kiefer Sutherland playing a Jack Bauer-type character when they already HAD Jack Bauer on the show a couple of years ago?" This episode shut me up very quickly.