As per usual, films like this sneak up on me to the point in which I at first don't know what to make of them, then immediately afterwords foolishly discount it as looking stupid. That was my first reaction to the trailer for Straw Dogs before taking a closer look. This one oddly seems to have promise, with a more than interesting cast outside of Kate Bosworth. She's there as an object of affection. James Marsden needs something to inspire faith in him after Hop. I can buy into thrillers like this, but it's okay to be cautious of the film playing too obviously.