Movie Review: Straw Dogs




















The remake of the 1971 Dustin Hoffman’s “Straw Dogs” will be released on September 16, 2011.

David Sumner, played by James Marsden is a Hollywood screenwriter and his wife Amy Sumner (Kate Bosworth), who’s an actress, go back to her hometown to settle in her father’s home. It takes place in the South and in a town were everyone’s traditional. However, don’t be deceived by the wholesome nature of this community.

Once they settle in, tension builds up and various conflicts between them arises, such as Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), which leads to a climatic confrontation that ultimately puts you on the edge of your seat.

Although it is slow in the beginning, it definitely picks up the pace in the finale with a grueling and graphic ending.

This remake was unnecessary in comparison with the original because the way they portray violence is very predictable and, for the first hour and a half, its all boring dialogue that eventually leads to unexciting scenes.

On the positive side, it does establish an amazing ending that provides the audience with brilliant action sequences between the couple and the local townsmen.

“The scenes with the villain in this film (Charlie) created a suspenseful atmosphere, which was pretty cool because you get that good vs. evil theme. The ending was probably the best scene because I couldn’t predict what was happening so it caught me off guard at times. Therefore, I would recommend this to anyone who’s bored on a saturday night,” commented senior Jonathan Berk.

If you like the classical theme of “good vs. evil” or the unlikely hero rising up, then this movie will definitely entertain you. Personally, since I’ve seen the original film, this remake was very unnecessary and didn’t create anything new for me. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend it seeing it at the movie theatre.

Its a good film if you’re bored on a weekend but I would wait until it comes out in DVD because it’s not worth watching it on the big screen. Overall, the ending was brilliant and because of that scene I give it a 3/5 rating.

“Straw Dogs” comes out on September 16, 2011 so make sure to see it at your nearest movie theatre or wait until it comes out in DVD.

2 Responses to Movie Review: Straw Dogs

  1. Sam says:

    sounds like a good movie, i would totally go watch this ;)especially because of the actors in the movie. great article!

  2. Gaby says:

    Very interesting! & well written!

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