Chicago Sun-Times - 09/14/2011
"Rod Lurie has made a first-rate film of psychological warfare....Marsden, Bosworth and Skarsgard are all persuasive..."
USA Today - 09/16/2011
"Like the original, the redo is a slow boil. Lurie does a nice job of building the friction between the newbies and locals."
Total Film - 12/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "Even so, this is one of the better remakes of a '70s heritage title, made with care and consideration."
A Hollywood screenwriter and his wife come under attack from her ex-flame and his vicious friends in director Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 home-invasion classic. In the wake of her father's death, Amy (Kate Bosworth) returns to her rural Southern hometown with her husband, David (James Marsden). Her goal is to put her childhood home on the market while David works on his latest screenplay. Meanwhile, David hires Amy's high school boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgård) and his crew to rebuild the roof on the secluded country home. But the more time Charlie's work crew spends working on the roof, the greater tensions begin to grow between Amy and David. Every time Amy walks outside, the work stops and the ogling begins. When David attempts to avert confrontation by firing the crew before the job is finished, former high school football star Charlie snaps, deciding that if he can't have Amy on his own terms, he'll take her by force. Later, when night falls, Charlie's gang besieges the house, forcing David and Amy into a desperate fight for their lives.
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