Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgaard
There are a lot of remakes out there that never should’ve happened.
However, Straw Dogs won’t fall under that category. Although in its new incarnation, it will be demoted from the classic status that the original 1971 version had, this pulpier take poses a strong argument for being relevant, at least for two weeks in the box office.
James Marsden and Kate Bosworth play arrogant, Hollywood ex-pats hoping to enjoy some peace while renovating a house and barn where the wife (Bosworth) grew up in Blackwater, Miss.
Aleksander Skarsgaard plays a polite but mildly threatening ex-boyfriend who is contracted to rebuild their roof. As the L.A. couple’s very un-Southern ways grate on the locals, something sinister begins to encroach on their once-happy marriage.