Becky and I went to see the new movie Straw Dogs a few weeks ago at the AMC Theater in Castle Rock, CO. The Fandango website at Straw Dogs, which is a good site to check for show times, describes the movie as follows:
“L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.“
Straw Dogs is a disturbing movie about a married couple that moves to the woman’s home town and hire her old flame and her buddies to work on their home. Unfortunately, the crew they have hired are classic “Rednecks” that are High School football buddies. They start harassing their new employers and lusting after the woman to the point that fantasy turns to desire and lust leads to murder.
The movie was okay, it’s a bit too disturbing because the characters are so aggressive and willing to commit murder. It also portrays the guys in the South as just being total “hicks” as a Hollywood stereotype. The film is definitely intense and exciting, but there really isn’t much of a story or character development, instead just pretty people involved in a conflict.
It’s a Rental at best and probably a Don’t Bother, but we’ll rate it a Rental since it does have some good aspects to it as a Horror Movie. It’s more of a Horror flick than a Thriller because of the ‘gore’ factor. I don’t think most people will like this film.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – ** Rental
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