Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 classic “Straw Dogs” stars Dustin Hoffman as a Hollywood screenwriter who moves with his wife Amy to her hometown. As Hoffman’s character, David, buries himself in work, Amy becomes annoyed and begins to flirt with the men in the town. Among them is her former boyfriend, Charlie, who begins to romantically pursue Amy. When he is unsuccessful, he rapes Amy while David is out of town. The scene was incredibly controversial at the time as Amy at one point appears to enjoy the rape.
The film offers a challenging take on males as carnivores. As the townspeople descend on the couple’s home, the previously mild-mannered David shifts into a homicidal rage. “Straw Dogs” is intriguing, thrilling, eerie, and raw.
So, I don’t know why anyone would want to remake it. I can’t see how an update would be relevant in the slightest. Rod Lurie, a former movie critic, will be directing. In the past, Lurie’s directed such films as “The Contender,” “The Last Castle,” and “Resurrecting the Champ.” The remake, which begins filming today, stars James Marsden as David and Kate Bosworth as Amy. Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, and Dominic Purcell will play some of the town’s ruthless citizens. The movie is set for release sometime in 2011.