US (dir. Michael Haneke)
Cast: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Boyd Gaines, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart, Linda Moran, Michael Pitt, Robert LuPone, Siobhan Fallon
Synopsis: Two psychotic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.
Review: Definitely one of the most original horror thrillers I’ve seen in the last few years. It is very tense, cold, and well-paced, however there are aspects of the film that leave you a little more than bewildered and confused. One of my major qualms was the fact that some scenes are so drawn out that they take forever to end. Another problem is the fact that some scenes are set in total darkness, leaving you confused as to what is going on. And the last qualm would be the failure of the parents (particularly) the father, to actually act out against the assailants. If your wife and child are threatened by intruders… do something. Don’t just repeatedly ask “why are you doing this” and bitch about a broken leg (who breaks their leg from being hit with a golf club anyways?). The high points of this film come from the assailants and Naomi Watts of course. Their interactions on their own are what make the film worth watching. Great concept, great execution, but a bit silly at some points thus making you take the film less seriously than you should.