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Straw Dogs

21 Jun

straw dogsL.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. (IMDb)

To be honest, I watched this for two reasons, and their names are James Marsden and Alexander Skarsgard. What can I say, they are just two really attractive men. And that factor definitely helped this movie. Because everything else surrounding them, meh. It was interesting enough to be watchable, but there’s nothing really stand out about it. Essentially, I didn’t like any of these people. Even the couple, who are supposed to be the heroes. Marsden’s character could be obnoxious and condescending towards his wife, while Kate Bosworth’s character is quick to judge and resorts to calling her husband a coward when he chooses to logically solve the problem instead of throwing punches. The thing that bugged me the most though is how the big climactic showdown comes about. You would think it was because of the tensions between the couple and the group of locals finally coming to a head. Instead, the showdown happens essentially at the climax of a subplot that the couple happens to get themselves caught in the middle of, and it just doesn’t help that the locals don’t like them. So for me, that was a let down. Something I did like was the cinematography and direction. There was this perpetual game going on of who has the upper hand, which could be seen really clearly through how this was directed. In the end, like I said this is a watchable thriller, and while the lead up is slow, the actual ending fight is interesting.

5.5/10

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