Everyone Has a Breaking Point
Not currently showing on the local cinema circuit.
James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Rhys Coiro
|Rod Lurie, based on the screenplay by David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel by Gordon Williams
|Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
|Screen Gems, Battleplan Productions
|Strong, intense, realistic
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|Sex / Nudity
|Blood / Gore / Gross
|Guns / Weapons
|Alcohol / Drugs
|Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
|Frightening / Tense Scenes
|Tense Family Scenes
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What the Critics say
|Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer Straw dogs lacks original's bite
François Bloemhof Dié honde se byt is maar bra flou ná '71 se hoofbrekens
Todd McCarthy Recycling of violent Peckinpah classic
Nick Schager If 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.
|Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert Rod Lurie has made a first-rate film of psychological warfare, and yes, I thought it was better than Peckinpah's.
Peter Travers Lurie 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.
C. Fuchs For 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.
Tomatometer This remakes streamlines the plot but ultimately makes a fatal mistake: It celebrates violence.
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