Straw Dogs (2011) Movie Review

Straw Dogs (2011)

2011 | R | Horror, Thriller
110 minutes /

User Score: 42/100

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Straw Dogs Review


L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Straw Dogs (2011) is an American psychological thriller film that is a remake of Sam Peckinpah‘s 1971 film Straw Dogs (1971). The movie is also based on Gordon Williams novel The Siege of Trencher’s Farm. Director and co-writer Rod Lurie‘s (Nothing But the Truth (2008), The Contender (2000), The Last Castle (2001)) inexperience in the movie industry shows in Straw Dogs. The film contains nudity, sexual content, violence, bad language, raping of a woman, suspense and some intense scenes.

Straw Dogs revolves around David Sumner (James Marsden - X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003), Superman Returns (2006), Enchanted (2007)) and his wife, Amy Sumner (Kate Bosworth - Superman Returns (2006), 21 (2008), Blue Crush (2002), Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004)) moving to the house Amy grew up in. Amy’s father passed away and Amy decides to rebuild the house so that her scriptwriter husband David can finish writing his script. David hires his wife’s ex-boyfriend Charlie Venner (Alexander Skarsgård - True Blood (2008), Generation Kill (2008), Battleship (2012), Melancholia (2011)) and some of his friends to fix the roof. Hiring his wife’s ex-boyfriend was not a good idea. Charlie starts to harass David and play loud music to annoy him. Charlie and his friends flirted with Amy and was caught watching Amy through the bathroom window taking a bath. Things are starting to get very disturbing as someone enters their home and kills their cat. This movie is just crazy as it escalates. After a few events, Charlie rapes Amy and watches his friend Norman (Rhys Coiro - 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010), MacGruber (2010), The Unborn (2009)) do the same after Charlie was finished.

David fires the work crew the very next day although Amy mentioned nothing about the rape to him. After a few more events, Amy wants her and David to move back to Los Angeles, California. David accidentally runs over someone he knows, and the movie takes a turn here. Watch and see. It was an okay watch that did not bore me but did not excite me to the point where I will go out of my way to see this movie again. The cast did an okay performance and the sets were good.

About Straw Dogs (2011)

Title: Straw Dogs
Year: 2011
Runtime: 110 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.1/5 stars from 26 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: James Marsden, James Paul, Alexander Skarsgård, Anson Mount, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Tim J. Smith, Walton Goggins, Laz Alonso, Rhys Coiro, Joanna Theobalds, Willa Holland, Kate Bosworth, Wanetah Walmsley, Drew Powell, Randall Newsome, M Charlotte Cheatham, Kristin Kelly, Charlotte Biggs, Kara Riann Brown, Kimberly Lynn Campbell, Billy Lush, Tracy Chappell, Kristen Shaw, Telvin Griffin, Megan Adelle, Timothy Hoffman, Jessica Dockrey, Jessie Jalee, Richard Folmer
Writers: Rod Lurie, David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Williams
Director: Rod Lurie

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