You are a Hollywood screenwriter. You have a hot wife and a hot Jag. You move to your wife's hometown in the Deep South after her father's death. It's filled with God fearing, Bambi killing, football addicted, good ole Southern boys. Do you really think you'll live happily ever after?
David Sumner (James Marsden) and his actress wife Amy (Kate Bosworth) move to her father's house so David can get some quiet and solitude to complete the World War 2 screenplay he's working on. But all is not as bucolic as it seems in Blackwater, Mississippi...Is it ever?
Once there, Amy slips back into being the hometown celebrity (see what starring in a TV show can do) which leaves poor David feeling out of touch with his wife and questioning her behavior.
David, trying to be a nice guy, hires Amy's ex-boyfriend, Charlie (the super hot, Alexander Skarsgard, from 'True Blood') to replace the roof on their barn.
Charlie brings along his crew of red neck mutants who happen to be his former football teamates. When the crew start to walk into the main house and help themselves to beer, things start to get tense between David and the homies. It also doesn't help that Amy runs around braless and in tight short, shorts in front of the guys.
Adding to the mix is Tom Heddon, aka Coach (James Woods) He spends his time at the local bar pissed off at everything and everyone...The Coach's biggest target is Jeremy Niles (Cominic Purcell) a mentally challenged guy in his 30's who apparently likes to keep company with the younger generation...including the Coach's 15 year old daughter .
When she goes missing, Coach takes the law into his own hands, enlisting Charlie and his boys to help him search for her and setting into motion a series of events that ultimately leads to an explosively violent confrontation, escalating to a shocking climax that will change certain lives forever.
'Straw Dogs' directed by Rod Lurie is a remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic film of the same name. Peckinpah's 1971 film starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. Both films are based on the novel, 'The Siege At Trencher's Farm' by Gordon Williams. As in the original film, Lurie's film has the same scary intensity and shows the psychological and physcial terror that man is capable of toward one an other.
The theme is basically the same in both films. How far would you go when everything you've lived for is under siege? Can you become a warrior?
Yes, 'Straw Dogs' is super violent but every scene held my attention and I went on the trip. Of course, John had a totally different opinion of the film. Check out our video to see what he thought of Lurie's remake.
'Straw Dogs' opens in theaters, Friday September 16, 2011.
Remakes and re-issues seem to be all the rage these days; and as I have stated before, sometimes they can be necessary and they can be a way to update a story for more modern audiences. It is yet to be argued that the original “Straw Dogs” needed a remake, since it is another one of those movies which was a product of its generation. The direction by Sam Peckinpah was brilliantly simple and Dustin Hoffman’s portrayal of a passive, non-violent character was so effective that it … more
*** out of **** Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" was released in 1971 and was immediately misjudged, seemingly at the very moment of its arrival. It sent movie-goers either running for the hills - never to look back again - or scratching their chins in an attempt to find some sort of intellectual meaning for what they had just witnessed. The film itself was the story of a mathematician and his wife who moves back to the latter's hometown - a small, quiet little town in England … more
Star Rating: I described Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 version of Straw Dogs as visceral, disturbing, and unpleasant, and without a doubt, those same qualities apply to Rod Lurie’s 2011 remake. What surprises me is that this new version is far more agreeable, in large part because, while the basic story is exactly the same, the subtexts have been altered in such a way that they’re far more compelling. The original was essentially an extended metaphor … more
A well done yet still completely unnecessary remake of the Peckinpah classic, its only major flaw is the thematic shift from man's internal struggle between civilized man and his predominantly savage nature to the more simplistic elements of class warfare.
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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