KA Straw Dogs Rating 3 out of 5

Director

  • Rod Lurie

Cast

  • James Marsden
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd
  • James Woods
  • Dominic Purcell

Synopsis

Director Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 thriller is transposed from rural Cornwall to a present-day Mississippi backwater in this solid remake. James Marsden and Kate Bosworth replace Dustin Hoffman and Susan George as newly-weds David and Amy Sumner who head back to her childhood home after her father dies. The two cultures violently collide as Amy's former schoolfriends - unreconstructed rednecks - resent David's success with their old lead cheerleader while he questions his wife's flirtatious behaviour as a homecoming smalltown celebrity. Sticking closely to the original, this is an efficient home invasion thriller.

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an effective thriller
Tim Evans

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