Straw Dogs 2011 Movie Trailer


 

I’m a HUGE Rod Lurie fan.

He’s one of my favorite directors working today. I particularly enjoy the films that he has also written. His film The Contender is one of my five all-time favorite films. His most recent movie Nothing But the Truth was one of my favorite films of the past decade. His first film, Deterence is an under-rated political drama, that raises fascinating, thought provoking and timely questions of morality and government. So when it was announced that he’d be remaking the Sam Peckinpah film Straw Dogs , I was extremely excited. To be completely honest, I’m not a big fan of the original film. The piece has some unusual and distracting Peckinpah artistic choices that I don’t think serve the overall story well. I also feel that some of Peckinpah’s personal misogynistic views creep into the film unnecessarily. I do, however, love the general premise and plot of the film about a man losing his humanity in the face of extreme adversity, when his masculinity is questioned.

I think Rod Lurie is the perfect director and writer to bring out the true themes and brutality of this piece. Much of the slow boiling of the film requires intimate and pointed interactions between the characters and Lurie has an uncanny ear for provocative, realistic, and painfully honest dialogue.

Straw Dogs is scheduled for release September 16, 2011. The film is written and directed by Rod Lurie. Based on an earlier screenplay by Sam Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman. The film stars Kate Bosworth, James Marsden and Alexander Skarsgard.

 

 

 

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  • Josh

    “I do, however, love the general premise and plot of the film about a man losing his humanity in the face of extreme adversity, when his masculinity is questioned.”

    I feel the same way – the story is really a good one to remake into a new movie.

    From what I’ve seen of Lurie’s reimagining of Straw Dogs via the trailer and stills, the movie looks exciting, fast paced and fun to watch. It also looks like it’s going to be a more memorable thriller film than the original (it is SO slow). It might not be “better” than the original from a critical standpoint, but it’s certainly going to be more entertaining.