The remake of "Straw Dogs" could gave still delivered some punches in the gut but this is a more stupid and dumber version of the original where everything and everyone is described more clearly for those who didn't understand the subtlety and the original film. Sam Peckinpah's film will withstand the passages of time - this one is already forgotten.
Kind of a marriage of a transplanted Peckinpah "Straw Dogs" and typical generic US horror "I Spit On Your Grave" exploitation, with James Marsden as the world's prettiest screenwriter. The relocation of the story to the Deep South is too neat a fit, with it's cookie-cutter associations with religion, degeneracy and guns. And oh! the town's called Blackwater, complete with the bear print. I get Xe point...
Funny how everyone's judging this before they've seen it. I guess that's what happens when you mess with a sacred cow. I love the original (although I do have issues with 'that' scene) and I'm interested to see this remake. Roger Ebert gave it a very good review, going as far as to claim that's it's better than the original. Now that would surprise me, but I'm keeping an open mind.
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.
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.
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.