I finally got around to seeing this one after having heard some decent things about it but not quite decent enough to motivate me to hit the cinema house during its theatrical release.
I was a little hesitant, going in knowing that I had more fingers than the movie had cast members and that can spell disaster if those actors can't keep the tension up for at least 90 minutes. Then I stopped worrying about it 30 minutes into the film.
For as difficult of task it was, I think they did a good job with keeping you wondering what would happen next as three psychos tormented a couple trapped in a house by playing cute little pranks on them. Not quite as inventive or entertaining as Funny Games, but they kept the anticipation level high. And then came the payoff... well, sort of.
Personally, I was disappointed with the ending. You'd think that with as much trouble as the three villains went through over the course of the evening that they'd have something really special planned for their finale. Then again, perhaps I'm just really jaded beyond hope when it comes to having expectations for villains.
All in all, not a bad flick to watch when your alone in the house in the wee hours of the morning. The film does a great job as a PSA for keeping your doors and windows locked at all times...and keeping your cell phones charged.
Film Information: The Strangers