Director Rod Lurie has released a teaser poster for his upcoming thriller Straw Dogs.
Straw Dogs is a remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah movie by the same name. The film tells the story of Los Angeles Los Angeles screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) who 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.
FMV says: "This remake is rather disappointing, with none of the gnawing tension or subtle character development that made Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs so memorable. What good moments are to be found here are lifted almost shot-for-shot from the 1971 version."
Player Affinity writes: The 1972 version of Straw Dogs is the kind of movie that's admirable, but tough to enjoy. It's just not a fun movie experience, and its 2011 remake — directed by Rod Lurie — isn't much more fun. Lurie's version is actually a good film; it's well-shot, well-acted, and very suspenseful. But I never want to see it again—ever. It's disturbingly violent, and very bleak from beginning to end. But the message of the film is as powerful as it was back in 1972: Violence is bad, but if you push a man too far, he'll do what he must to defend himself.
Just as visceral, disturbing, and unpleasant as the 1971 original, with subtexts that have been altered in such a way to make them far more compelling. Full review by Chris Pandolfi.