L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) relocates with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.
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A lot of this "Straw Dogs" remake is well filmed and well staged and there are some good performances but, ultimately, it relies too constantly on people doing stupid things for stupid reasons for me to buy in and care.
Kate Bosworth was good, even though this film isn't crazy about women. James Woods is wasted, even though he's game. the guy replacing Dustin Hoffman is so unlikeable I wanted him to get shot in the woods. and the smug ending, "I got them all". everything good it apes from the first. it's the worst kind of remake.
1 good kill does not justify 90 minutes of my night wasted. I know that 95% of things that happen in movies are not possible but some of this stuff just had me scratching my head. I worked in a restaurant for years but I've never seen oil boil. Then it gets thrown on some guys face and he is still running around?!! No never wouldn't happen. So many more things to complain about not enough room to type it all.
This was a simple take on the original film, by Sam Peckinpah, starring Dustin Hoffman. Sure, there's sexual tension under the surface, but it quickly goes over the surface in a bad way. It could have been subtle and not as ham-fisted as I thought it was, and the end is just too teenage-y. It was shot 1960s and the locations were nice, but as a whole it's just an action film where it could have been a great thriller.