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    The remake of Sam Peckinpah's STRAW DOGS has a trailer...
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    Unless they are going to go ugly like the original, what's the point. You want to see a remake of Straw Dogs??? Watch


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    I am a huge Peckinpah fan, but I haven't seen the original. I just don't want to see those type of stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    I am a huge Peckinpah fan, but I haven't seen the original. I just don't want to see those type of stories.
    I can understand that.

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    File this under 'there goes another one...'

    Straw Dogs (2011) | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    I know there's been a lot of online hate toward the Straw Dogs remake because it's a retread of one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time, but personally, I think that's a rather unfair attack. After all, the new Straw Dogs flick, which stars James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgard, does a bang up job of sucking all on its own without even having to compare the new movie to its flawless and timeless source material.
    If you've seen the original Straw Dogs by legendary filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, then you know exactly what kind of story to expect in this movie (this pretty much remakes the 1971 original beat for beat with the only creative leaps taken being huge misfires causing major plot holes). I mean, if you're going to have the gumption enough to remake a classic film like this, then you better have something pretty spectacular tucked up your sleeve to wow audiences with the remake, making it a worthwhile venture. Sadly, there's absolutely nothing worthwhile going on here at all.

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    But wait...there's more

    Review: 'Straw Dogs' | CraveOnline

    I feel this Straw Dogs teaches us both to take responsibility for our role in conflicts, and to recognize when a situation is just too dangerous to involve yourself in. When there’s this much ego involved in each character’s point of view, anyone else is bound to threaten you. And playing along with these antagonists only makes it worse. David tries to do things the southern way but it’s inauthentic so it doesn’t cultivate peace. Sometimes people need to speak up and say, “Hey, I’m not comfortable with this. Let’s not do this.” Dancing around it only simmers the anger hotter.

    It’s cool to watch the thrilling climax, but trust me, you do not want your life escalating to this level of violence. Let’s just leave our anger in fiction and learn to be more accepting of others and if someone’s being threatening, just get away from them.

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    REVIEW: Straw Dogs Remake Trades Edgy Complexity For Genre Schlock | Movieline

    When you set aside the film that served as its source material, this new Straw Dogs is left a clumsy, culture war-baiting revenge B-movie that seems assured of its relevance without actually settling on meaning. It includes seemingly significant elements — the shadows of war, religious belief, ethical convictions — without actually using them for anything other than decoration for what’s really just two pretty boys cockfighting.
    I'm detecting a pattern in these reviews...

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    Yet...they are still kinda all over the place. I don't think this movie is outright dismissable. I think it may be worth a viewing, maybe not in the theater. Even though the consensus isn't great it does seem like there might be something more here than a failed note-for-note remake.

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    "Pretty boys cockfighting?"
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