Straw Dogs 2011 R CC

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(131) IMDb 5.8/10
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In a rural town, a young couple (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth) fights for survival when they're marked for death by depraved locals led by a ruthless predator (Alexander Skarsg?rd).

Starring:
James Marsden, Kate Bosworth
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Straw Dogs

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Rod Lurie
Starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth
Supporting actors Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Anson Mount, Drew Powell, Kristen Shaw, Megan Adelle, Jessica Dockrey, Randall Newsome, Tim J. Smith, Richard Folmer, Wanetah Walmsley, Clyde Heun
Studio Screen Gems
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Too bad you can't get refund from movies that are horrible.
carlonda
Could not connect with any of the characters, the sympathy felt for the original characters was totally lacking for this film.
Gregory Kotch
Marsden heads into the town bar, who has the town drunk and former high school football coach James Woods inhabiting it.
James Donnelly

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on December 25, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Okay so I know a lot of people are comparing this to the original version saying it's no good in comparison. I've never seen the original so this review is going to be specifically about this movie. I liked it.

Seriously I liked it. The characters are good, the motivation of each character is believable, and the situations are realistic enough that it could actually happen.

My only complaints about this movie are about the two female characters. The cheerleader girl and the wife of the main character.

***SPOILERS***

The cheerleader flirts with the mentally retarded guy even though she knows it'll get him in trouble and he'll get the crap beaten outta him by her father and the other washed up football guys. It's like she gets off on seeing him get his ass kicked. Also it's kinda confusing as to if he kills her by accident when he puts his hands over her face to stop her from screaming. I know her feet stop moving, but is that cuz she passed out or because she died? It's just a minor point of confusion but still I'd like a little clarity.

Also the wife is just plain annoying. In one scene she tells her husband that the former football heroes were drooling over her outside and that it was making her uncomfortable and asked him to do something about it. Yet then she goes upstairs and flashes her breasts to the same people who were just making her feel so uncomfortable. You can't have your cake and eat it too, either you're not comfortable with them starring at you, or you are.

Then later they rape her and she yells at her husband calling him a coward and that he's not a real man.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Starshine on October 27, 2011
Format: DVD
I debated seeing this at the theater because the original was so dark and the critics had been so tough on this remake. I was surprised by how good it was. Friends with me also enjoyed seeing this film. Solid thriller type of story with a couple better than average acting performances from James Woods, Alexander Skarsgard, Dom Purcell.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leo H. Stakemiller on May 5, 2012
Format: DVD
Rod Lurie's remake of Peckinpah's 1971 masterpiece Straw Dogs should be embarrassing for all involved, especially James Woods, who must need a paycheck bad. The 1971 original was greatly misunderstood by critics and viewers at the time of its release, with many projecting their own Procrusten Beds of ideology on the film. To compound and confound matters, Peckinpah himself tended to deal with various criticisms piecemeal while refusing to deliniate his own concept of the film. Thus, we have Lurie viewing Peckinpah through the lens of Robert Ardrey or Peckinpah answering feminist critics by declaring David Sumner the villain. Lurie's remake takes a great many of these criticisms and attempts a modern PC remake. The primitive Cornwall countryside is replaced by the Mississippi Gulf Coast, so Lurie is able to plug into the Southern stereotype, though he denies it in his commentary. Gone are the marital problems of the Sumners, David's fascination and provoking of the local violence, Amy's flaunting of her sexual freedom to the provincials she grew up with. Heck, in true PC fashion, even the violent locals who murder a black sheriff and attempt to kill the Sumners are themselves victims, as they are the straw dogs venerated for their high school sports prowess and then discarded upon graduation. Like a T-Ball game with no winners or losers, the remake has no good guys or bad guys, whereas the original had no totally good guy or woman, just real humans confronted by a situation partially of their own making which they must survive, even if their marriage relationship doesn't.Read more ›
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45 of 57 people found the following review helpful By D. Doppes on November 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
James Marsden plays David Sumner, a screenwriter from California, who makes the move to Mississippi with his girlfriend Amy(Kate Bosworth). This is her hometown, but its all too foreign to David. The secluded property and beautiful background seem an ideal place for him to finish work on his Stalingrad project. It doesn't take long for this thought to diminish from his mind.

As much as David tries to mix with the locals and feel a part of the community, theres always something that doesn't work. Theres several times in the film where he goes out of his way to be courteous, but the locals don't seem to like an outsider in their town. A rich, clean cut outsider to be precise. This film builds an ominous tone very well through the course of the story. While the film feeds off the differences between David and the locals, it also shows David changing in his own way later in the film. Amy's(Bosworth) ex-boyfriend Charlie (Skarsgard)enters the picture early and often in the young couple's life. Skarsgard really does a nice job with his character. You never have a good feeling about Charlie from the first frame, when he starts in on Amy, as David gets a beer at the bar. The situation worsens when he is hired to repair the roof to David and Amy's home. That puts Charlie and his hunting/roofing buddies too close to the couples everyday life. James Woods is very good as well in portraying "coach" a beer drinking, raucous legend in the small town. It seems everyone in the town played for coach in the past and he has the respect of most. The coach has his own issues with his daughter and a mentally challenged man. This adds another level of brooding to the story. Another factor is the difference in ideals and beliefs between David and Amy.
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