Straw Dogs

In this gripping thriller, Straw Dogs, director Rod Lurie shows how tension arises between characters, creating conflicts which test their breaking points in the deep south of America.

An L.A. screenwriter David Sumner (James Marsden) accompanies his wife, Amy Sumner (Kate Bosworth), an actress back to her hometown, Blackwater, Mississippi where the local rednecks make it difficult to adapt to life in a threatening manner.

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Mr Sumner attempts this relocation to work on his movie about the siege of Stalingrad in 1943. Meanwhile, Mrs Sumner plans to repair her family home after it suffered severe damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Although this film  received mixed reviews since it was a remake of director Sam Peckinpah ‘s controversial 1971 masterpiece, it was shot really well. The film built up to the terror and torture. From that, the viewer felt more inclined to be watch the film. There were lots of suspenseful and shocking moments. Also viewers were able to establish a connection with characters each time a horrific event occurred.

Through the closely identical narrative, the xenophobic locals act aggressively towards the city newcomers and continue to antagonize a mentally challenged character which follows a double rape and death which provokes an assault on David’s farm, ending in a bloodbath and David learning to step up to protect.

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Therefore, it was apparent that there were three different life stages of manhood portrayed in the film by the main male characters. Jeremy Niles (Dominic Purcell) is a timid, shy, mentally challenged man who hardly speaks but has been accused of interfering with underage girls. David Sumner (James Marsden) is an intelligent Hollywood city man with book smarts. Then Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård) is the macho man, full of testosterone and inappropriate gestures in collaboration with the former coach of the team’s town, Tom Heddon (James Woods). Each man uses his characteristics to convey his identity to viewers. It becomes a real question of who is acceptable and what can define a man in this graphic film.

View the trailer to see if you can handle it …

One thought on “Straw Dogs

  1. the funny thing is, when i saw the original trailer for this, i thought it was gonna be the dumbest movie ever. but after reading your review, i really wanna see it haha

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