It's a gamble to take on a remake of a movie as iconic as director Sam Peckinpah's thriller about a married couple subjected to violence, but film critic turned filmmaker Rod Lurie ("The Contender") has reasonable success here.
The setting shifts from England to the American South, with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth now playing the spouses who return to the wife's hometown and are unsettled by the reactions - and, eventually, actions - of the locals, especially the wife's ex-boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard, "True Blood"). James Woods adds an effective supporting performance. DVD extras: four "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by Lurie. *** (R: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)
Buy 'Straw Dogs' on DVD.
Alexander Skarsgard (Sony Pictures)
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