I Spit on Your Grave

Conceived and executed in the cool, desaturated style of a Saw movie, this remake is decidedly calculated. Its Jennifer Hills (Sarah Butler) is again a big-city writer roughing it in the country, but she’s a contemporary woman: instead of spending the day lounging in a hammock or on a rowboat, she’ll be out jogging in the morning and enjoying a glass of red wine in the evening.

Like her predecessor, this Jennifer unwisely reveals too much about her whereabouts to the wrong kind of people (Louisiana hicks this time rather than Connecticut hicks)–but where the first film positioned Jennifer as innocent verging on naive, this one presents the character as a pretty tough chick from the get-go.

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