Straw Dogs

Everyone Has a Breaking Point


Straw Dogs
A remake of a controversial and violent film from 1971, the setting is switched to the American south, but otherwise the story arc remains the same. An academic and his pretty wife return to her small town, so that he can work in peace. It's not long before her ex-boyfriend makes his presence felt, and the tension starts building between the macho local and the mild-mannered writer. His wife doesn't help by flirting with her ex, and eventually primal urges lead to primal violence. Reviews have been mixed, as opposed to the original which was well-rated.

110 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence).
Thriller.
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Credits

Cast
James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Rhys Coiro
Director
Rod Lurie
ScreenplayRod Lurie, based on the screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel by Gordon Williams
MusicLarry Groupé
CinematographyAlik Sakharov
EditingSarah Boyd
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2011
Produced byScreen Gems, Battleplan Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreThriller
LanguageFrequent, strong
NudityNone
SexNone (?)
ViolenceStrong, intense, realistic
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseAlcohol
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
4
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer quote iconStraw dogs lacks original's bite
5
Die Burger
François Bloemhof quote iconDié honde se byt is maar bra flou ná '71 se hoofbrekens
5
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconRecycling of violent Peckinpah classic
5
Box Office
Nick Schager quote iconIf Peckinpah's original was a rotten plank spiked with rusty nails, Rod Lurie's redo is something closer to a nicely carved Louisville Slugger, both of them violent blunt objects but one far more gnarly and nasty than the other — a matter of degree that does much to lessen the impact of this modern adaptation of Gordon Williams' novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm.
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconRod Lurie has made a first-rate film of psychological warfare, and yes, I thought it was better than Peckinpah's.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconLurie wants us to see the moral wounds that come from losing control, a solid reason for a remake. Both takes on Straw Dogs hold up a dark mirror to humanity. Choose your own bad medicine.
15
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconFor yours truly, I found it a combination of both, a taut psychological thriller that works on both the cerebral and reptilian parts of our brains, including resulting in me actually sweating during the climactic siege, a visceral reaction this hardened reviewer rarely experiences. That's a testament to Lurie's work, and while it might not be a perfect film and certainly not an original one, and certainly isn't for all audiences, it clearly works for what it's aiming to do and be.
13
Metacritic.com
29 critics
9
Rottentomatoes critics
108 critics
10
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThis remakes streamlines the plot but ultimately makes a fatal mistake: It celebrates violence.
8
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
10
Movie Review Intelligence
35 critics
11

What the People say

Internet
2096 Netizens quote iconWhat are you capable of?
11

Average .. 47%

9

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