As soon as first time film director Dan Bradley (a veteran stunt coordinator) was announced to be at the helm of the remake of the 1984 film of the same name, the liberals were already trying to criticize the film. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Edwin Hodge, Brett Cullen, Alyssa Diaz, Julian Alcaraz, Michael Beach, Will Yun Lee. Matt Gerald, Kenneth Choi, and Steve Lenz.
Red Dawn’s plot is very similar to the original, in that America is invaded by foreign enemy, this time North Korea (instead of Cuba) and Russia. It also incorporates some more modern developments. The backdrop presents that NATO has almost fallen apart and an Asian “Pacific Rim” alliance has come to power, and from that comes the invasion. Brothers Jed Eckhart, a US Marine, and his younger brother Matt, a high school football quarterback, are forced to flee with some friends from their homes in Spokane, Washington and engaged in guerilla-style tactics against the invaders using their school mascot The Wolverines as their team name. However, Captain Cho, is a ruthless adversary who will stop at nothing in stopping the young freedom fighters.
Despite what the mainstream folks are saying, this is not a bad film. It highlights the growing debt, cyber-warfare, and many other politic hot spots that most filmmakers would try to avoid. The acting is decent, even for the recruitment of TV and former child stars to the cast. The battle scenes are realistic, and even the impact of death is very emotional. My only problems with the film is, unlike the original, that it leaves the film wide open for a sequel and it lacks a certain epic quality from the original. That being said, this is an excellent film and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
To quote Joe Leydon of Variety, “[the] battle scenes are infused with a propulsive sense of urgency, as Bradley (a vet stunt coordinator and second unit director) often achieves an effective semi-documentary look.”
FAVORITE QUOTE: Marines don’t die, they go to hell and regroup.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language and violence.
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