Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Straw Dogs (2011)

David Sumner returns with his wife to her home town of Blackwater, Mississippi, where life is much different than this L.A. screenwriter ever could have imagined... Tensions flare between David and several of the locals after a few unfortunate altercations, but how far will David go to defend himself when he is pushed over the edge? STRAW DOGS can be counted amongst several of the most unnecessary remakes in the 2000's. Rather than spend his time returning to the original novel in an attempt to present something new entirely, writer/director Rod Lurie has tried (and failed) to recreate Sam Peckinpah's controversial screen adaptation with minimal changes to the plot or characters. The cast, which includes James Marsden and Kate Bosworth in leading roles, is far less effective, and in trying to imitate the timely delivery of the first film, Lurie has forgotten that modern audiences only have a limited attention span. He also feels the need to repeatedly spell out the underlying themes in the film, presuming that the audience is too unintelligent to understand them. This leaves only the controversial rape scene and ultra-violent ending for fans to look forward to, which also serve to disappoint given the level of desensitization that now exists. The STRAW DOGS of 2011 isn't necessarily a poorly made film, it just pales in comparison to its predecessor like so many other remakes of its time.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like STRAW DOGS:
DEATH WEEKEND, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, THE VIRGIN SPRING. CHERRY TREE LANE, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?.

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6 comments:

  1. jervaise brooke hamsterJanuary 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I disagree, this film is infinitely better than the original simply because it was made in America, where-as the 1971 version was shot in England. ALL American films are superb, ALL British made films are dog-shit, thats all there is to it.

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  2. Somehow Jervaise i knew you were going to say that.

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  3. Accurate. The second comment, at least lol...

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  4. Totally unnecessary. I liked that they kept it as raw and intense as the original, but the ending just turned too over-the-top and not believable at all for the situation or the characters.

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  5. Michele, great to hear from you! I agree, I love James Woods flipping out as much as the next man, but it sure did seem a bit rash lol..

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  6. I want to bugger Michele.

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