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26 March 2012

Straw Dogs (2011)

Directed by: Rod Lurie

Starring: James Mardsen, Kate Bosworth, James Woods

Genre:Mystery & Suspense

Colour, 109 Minutes 

It is interesting to note I watched the original version about 2 months before I heard about this film. I knew it’d probably be bad and the reviews were quite average for it, but as a modern day version of a classic I think they have done a reasonably good job. The film may not have the shock factor of the original (let’s face it, you cannot replace Dustin Hoffman), but it still has heart with it's concept to an extent despite being unimpressive.
The reviews for this film have been a little negative, but I still think it is a decent remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic. They definitely stuck to the film’s progression, but also enhanced it a little for modern audiences to make it a little more interesting.
The casting was good and to touch things up, they have made a few changes with the characters. Instead of being a mathematician, David is now a screenwriter. This does make things a little more interesting as to his purpose of visiting the old house. James Mardsen played the role greatly despite being no Hoffman and the same goes with Kate Bosworth playing Amy.  There is an interesting appearance from James Woods in the film which should attract some fans, and he was also excellent for his role. The acting is the best part of the film, but not enough to make it great.
The film definitely shares the originals progression, but it wasn’t as daring and striking when it came to the rape scene. However, I would not expect a scene of that nature to match the lustful original. The films fatal problem is its portrayal of violence. The original has a vicious portrayal of violence showing that everyone has a breaking point. Here, the violence is celebrated and made to be less offensive.
The film is not exactly thrilling either. The performances were reasonably solid, but not much can be said for the films progression and repackaged look on the original. It is quite wasteful to remake Straw Dogs as it is a simple story that would never be remade to match it. The film struggles at times to immerse the viewer, but the finale makes it enough worthwhile. Nothing is resonate or memorable in the film as it does not do anything new other than reassemble the original.
Verdict: There is not much to comment here on this modern remake of a 70’s classic (which is now over 40 years old to note) other than it is sufferable for those who are patient, but on the most part is forgettable.
Rating: 6.5/10

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Age Certificate: R
Country: USA
Language: English

3 comments:

  1. There are moments where this film definitely works its way into your system, but too many others just felt predictable and over dramatic. Then again though, who the hell really needed a Straw Dogs remake? The first one was good enough. Great review.

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  2. In my mind a completely pointless remake that is just a product of lazy thinking, the film is fine, but why not watch the original?

    Nice review.

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  3. james rodrigues25 April 2012 at 20:11

    To me, James Marsden is a very underrated actor who has great talent, but it is never put to proper use. So I really wanted to see this film for the chance to see Marsden in a starring role, and him playing a character like David sounded like a step in the right direction. Good review, my friend. I'm trying to catch up on some reviews of bloggers i'm following, so cant comment on every review, but im trying.

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