Director Rod Lurie is crouched at the monitors as if he’s watching a football game that only has a few seconds left of play and the chance of a major upset. He’s that excited about the performances he’s getting from his cast in what might seem like a fairly innocuous scene. That is, if hanging an open bear trap on a wall is something normal people in Southern Mississippi do on a regular basis. It’s an important scene with many different layers, the main one being that it’s one of the few scenes in Lurie’s upcoming remake of Sam Peckinpah’s gory and controversial 1971 revenge thriller Straw Dogs that’s taken directly from the original.

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