Excerpt: David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) is a simple man, he’s a young mathematician in America who is tired of the endless violence. He seeks to take up a quieter, more serene lifestyle, so he moves to the English countryside.
Excerpt: Into the remake debate we enter as Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs is closely remade with just a dose of flash. What really matters? Accuracy? Respect? Tension? It’s too complex and too convoluted to debate at length, because sides bicker and no one looks at the end product.
Conclusion: Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic psychological thriller, 'Straw Dogs,' suffers from a lack of the same slow build-up of apprehension and suspense which made the original such a memorable piece of filmmaking.
Excerpt: Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs is a shocking, funny, exciting and deeply troubling movie - in short, a masterpiece. It's a hand grenade of a film, tossed to the viewer just as it's about to explode and the effect is devastating.
Excerpt: Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial film Straw Dogs finally makes its way on to Blu-Ray this week, just in time for its 40th anniversary and to coincide with the release of the remake (out in the UK on 4th November, and reviewed here ).
Summary: The film’s listed as one of those 1001 Movies To See Before You Die and with good reason. It was a statement movie that wasn’t really appreciated until years late. Still, it might still not have made it to Blu-ray if not for the remake.
Conclusion: While it’s easy to sympathize with David and Amy’s plight, they both in their own way and perhaps subconsciously, helped make it happen. Amy, by flashing the men and constantly pushing David to be more aggressive than he wanted to be.
Excerpt: There's an important line between violence in movies that's meaningful and simply gratuitous. Movies have the ability to open our eyes to worlds we may never understand in our own lives, and pure brutality can make an impact, whether tied into characters and stories we care about or shown for simple...
Excerpt: Remaking Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs is, let's face it, a no-win situation. Always one of the more problematic films of the 1970s canon , the original is an ugly, brutish, fundamentally troublesome motion picture, and the degree to which it is either memorable or admirable (and that is a mileage that...