Thursday, June 21, 2012
Random Movie Review: Straw Dogs
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan
I watched this one back-to-back with Mysterious Skin and I think it was a bit of an overdose on terror/suspense involving the rape vehicle.
This movie details two Americans who move to a town in England and face a group of locals who are bent on terrorizing them. At first it seems harmless, but it escalates quickly and turns murderous (to say the least). Hoffman does a great job as the too-passive man that turns aggressive when the situation calls for it. Out of all the Hoffman movies I have seen, this one ranks high if not highest of them. The supporting cast does a good job portraying a gang that is basically like a Clockwork Orange Lite.
On another note, isn't the name 'Peckinpah' the best last name? I sure think so. This is probably also the best of his work, now that I think about it.
This was from the era of story over effects and it is nice to see. I'll rate it a 7.5/10.