Source: Catholic News Service
Bleak, horrifying thriller about a vacationing couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) and their young son (Devon Gearhart) whose summer house is invaded by two sadistic young men (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet) who hold them hostage and threaten to kill them. Director Michael Haneke's shot-by-shot remake of his 1997 German film is purportedly a critique of violence and the media, but despite excellent performances, Haneke's undeniable craftsmanship, and most of the appalling violence occurring off-camera, many will find the unrelenting brutality unbearably disturbing, no matter what the intended social commentary. Extreme violence including torture and murder, blood, some crude language and profanity, skimpy female attire and a drug reference. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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