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.
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. The acting is great, 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 problem with the film is, unlike the original, that it leaves the film wide open for a sequel. That being said, this is a great film and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. It highlights the growing debt, cyber-warfare, and many other politic hot spots that most filmmakers would try to avoid.
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.”
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language and violence.
- Chris Hemsworth as Jed Eckert
- Josh Peck as Matt Eckert
- Josh Hutcherson as Robert Kitner
- Adrianne Palicki as Toni Walsh
- Isabel Lucas as Erica Martin
- Connor Cruise as Daryl Jenkins
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner
- Edwin Hodge as Danny Jackson
- Brett Cullen as Tom Eckert
- Alyssa Diaz as Julie Goodyear
- Julian Alcaraz as Greg Goodyear
- Michael Beach as Mayor Jenkins
- Will Yun Lee as Captain Cho
- Matt Gerald as Sgt. Hodges
- Kenneth Choi as Cpl. Smith
- Steve Lenz as Pete