I was going to make a big deal on the similarities this film had to the German film “Funny Games” (1997) or its American remake which came out in 2007, but I decided not to. I decided to watch this movie alone without comparing it to another film. This film is directed by Jeremy Power Regimbal and stars Joshua Close, Selma Blair, and James D’arcy. The story involves Mark (Close) and Mary (Blair), a married couple who just moved to a lonely town to get away from the city. They are a family of three but that used to be four. They lost a daughter very recently and you can tell the wound is very fresh. Not too much time passes before we meet their neighbors and they are an odd couple, a couple that crawls under your skin immediately. Bobby (D’arcy) and his family introduce themselves at an untimely hour of the morning.
Of course, you know that this is a home invasion story and it does happen, but what makes this film interesting and intriguing was something else—it was disturbing. There are a few directors who truly understand the power of suspense. I may want more action, more scares, but the truth is that I’d rather be teased. It appears that this disturbing family wants to replace Mark’s. Why? Well, it seems that Bob and his family have hit a rough patch for quite some time and I assume it has pushed them over the edge. Bob and his family have been living in their station wagon, among other things, and they are now tired of it. The change comes with replacement.
We can definitely dwell into the discussion about the 99 percent of the population and those who have more. I actually want to retract from that and give you my opinion at its rawest. Who were the insane people? The poor. Who were the envious people? The poor. Who were the deluded people who believe the rich have perfect life? The poor. Something that I found quite amusing was this very concept: Mark and his family had just gone through an insane traumatic moment with the death of their daughter. The cause of her death was extremely impacting. What I found amusing is the film’s attitude toward the rich; it stated loudly that their lives aren’t perfect.
Another part of the film that I found rather amusing was that this invasion, as tragic and intense as it was, actually helps the relationship between Mark and Mary. So, in essence, the rich still come out on top (disregarding if they survive this ordeal or not). Was this a good movie? Yes it was. Is it something to discuss? Oh, yes, by all means it was.