This remake of the 1971 movie is just that a remake and no real attempt to separate itself from the original.
The story is about a married Hollywood couple returning to her home town in Blackwater, MS. The husband David Sumner, played by James Marsden, is a writer and his wife Amy Sumner is an actress. David and Amy go to the local dinner and are welcomed somewhat creepily by Charlie, played by Alexander Skarsgard. He is an ex beau from her past but it seems he is still living there in his mind. David hires Charlie and his motley crew to repair the roof on Amy’s family homestead. The locals act like they are treating David nice but they have already made up their minds, “he thinks he’s to good for us”.
The trouble starts when the crew takes David hunting and abandons him, while Charlie pays Amy a surprise visit. Also the ex football coach, played by James Woods, is an alcoholic asshole that just bullies people around and the crew follows his lead. The coach has a real hard on for this autistic man Jeremy, played by Dominic Purcell, hanging around his 15 year daughter. Well at a football game, the little hussy seduces Jeremy in the locker room and the coach goes apeshit looking for her. David and Amy head back home and hit Jeremy crossing the street. They take him back to their place and it does not take long in a small town to find someone you are looking for. So the coach and Charlie’s crew go to get Jeremy, at any cost.
This movie was kind of slow at the begging but eventually got rolling. However, it did not roll far. Alexander Skarsgard played a really creepy character, James Wood’s asshole coach was awesome. Marsden and Bosworth were excellent in their roles also. The movie its self was bad, just nothing but over the top stereotypes butting heads. The rich liberal metro sexual vs the manly man, bible thumping, uneducated, rednecks. The scenarios in the movie were totally unbelievable, I mean come on your willing to assault, rape, and murder just to get some guy with autism out of the house. And on Dominic Purcell’s role as Jeremy, pathetic why he chose this role I have not a clue, he would have been better as one of the rednecks. The writers really screwed up his role and it was in fact totally unneccessary for the movie.
Yeah this movie had an air of creepiness but it’s climax was just over the top unbelievable. I did like how Charlie bit the dust, oh come on like you couldn’t figure out that someone has to die, pu-leez. I think women would enjoy this thriller more than guys would. I really thought it lacked in a lot of areas and just too cliché, but it is a remake on Dustin Hoffman’s 1971 classic.
I give this movie 2 Beers.