Cuban-American actor Laz Alonso has a significant role in "Straw Dogs," the remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 classic, playing a sheriff who must enforce the law amid an unexpected outbreak of violence.

While Peckinpah's master work is set in rural England, director Rod Lurie's remake takes the action to Blackwater, Mississippi, and focuses on a couple consisting of a Hollywood screenwriter (James Marsden) and an actress (Kate Bosworth).

The pair decide to return to her hometown after the death of her father but, after a warm welcome by their new neighbors, resentments from the past come to light that create an especially tense atmosphere, particularly when the woman's former boyfriend (played by Alexander Skarsgard) enters the picture with dark intentions.

Everything the couple has struggled for begins to teeter until one of the characters decides to take justice into their own hands.

"The original film will never be duplicated, but the theme it deals with continues to be very common," Alonso told Efe. "Everyone has a breaking point, and where that point is sometimes isn't known until you get there and see you can't take any more."

In the film, Alonso - who starred in films such as "Miracle at St. Anna" and "Avatar," plays Sheriff John Burke, a black man charged with keeping peace in a white community.