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 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.
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.