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Description: Director Rod Lurie boldly tackles a reimagining of Sam Peckinpah's classic 1971 home-invasion thriller with this Screen Gems production. James Marsden stars as a writer who moves with his wife (Kate Bosworth) to a backwoods Southern town, where they are met with much resistance from the townsfolk. True Blood's Alexander Skarsgrd, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, and Willa Holland co-star.
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Straw Dogs

Directed by: Rod Lurie

Written by: Rod Lurie

Cast: James Marsden , Kate Bosworth , Alexander Skarsgard , Drew Powell , Billy Lush

Studio: Screen Gems

Genre: Thriller

Official Site: N/A

Release Date: September 16, 2011 (wide)

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4:20PM on 05/13/2011

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The original Straw Dogs is a rather controversial film. Certainly, Pekinpah's movie explores the necessity of violence in ways that his potentially anti-war 1971 audience might be uncomfortable. And, pacifists look foolish in the original too. Current audiences may not appreciate a validation of violence to defeat one's enemies and protect one's home turf. However, more than the militant subtext, current audiences would find the original Straw Dogs controversial for a different reason. Forty
The original Straw Dogs is a rather controversial film. Certainly, Pekinpah's movie explores the necessity of violence in ways that his potentially anti-war 1971 audience might be uncomfortable. And, pacifists look foolish in the original too. Current audiences may not appreciate a validation of violence to defeat one's enemies and protect one's home turf. However, more than the militant subtext, current audiences would find the original Straw Dogs controversial for a different reason. Forty years ago, the wife is a tease; then, the local boys rape her. Although, the rapists are still presented as the villains, not the wife. Now, a film dare not present the wife as "asking for it." And, I notice that the trailer does not present Bosworth's character as provoking her attackers. Rather, one degenerate/villain mentions his perspective. And, the trailer makes sure to indicate that his perspective is outdated. He has it from high school.

So, my question is this. How does Straw Dogs-2011 vary from other rape-revenge films? How risk-taking is this film? We shall have to see. I just don't want studios using the esteemed title Straw Dogs on a work unworthy of such a provocative name. Be like Pekinpah's Straw Dogs; make me uncomfortable; make me think.

Also, in the original, the home invasion occurs during the infamous "snipe" hunt. Hapless Mr. Sumner fails to protect his wife. He fails in his masculine duty. Should not Straw Dogs-2011 include this well-known scene? Is this film "Straw Dogs" without it? Would not the snipe hunt scene add much pathos and food for thought?
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