I have deep reservations about this. I love Sam Peckinpah. I will defend many of his movies (OK, not Convoy, but certainly Cross of Iron). The Wild Bunch is one of my favorite movies of all time. But it’s really, really hard to defend Straw Dogs, even though it is a good movie in many ways. The rape scene is so loathsome that it’s hard to deal with. But it was the early 1970s, violence was on everyone’s mind, I can see why he would make this movie.
What is this kind of violence supposed to tell us in 2011? Is it going to tell us anything? Or is it going to be torture porn? Lurie’s not that bad of a director, so it could be worse, but I could also see this being a very, very bad movie.
Hopefully, I’m wrong. At the very least, I hope someone is killed by a bear trap, like the original.