Films viewed in 2011

196. Straw Dogs

In Drama on August 30, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Dir. Sam Pechinpaw

A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment.

MY TAKE

Home invasion films have almost become a sub-genre of psychological-thrillers, exploiting our carnal instincts to defend family at all costs. Straw Dogs takes this idea to the next level, not only by having Dustin Hoffman play a pacifist mathematician, but also because he’s protecting his girlfriend and a murder. The rape scene still stands out as controversial, but I think what was once read as a sad transformation into violence is now just considered justified heroism. I’m curious how the upcoming remake will treat everything.

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