I know I posted about this a long while ago...back when it was supposed to be released in 2010, but here is a review I found that was recently posted.
So if you’re reading this, you probably fit into one of three categories:
1) FINALLY! SOMETHING ABOUT RED DAWN!
2) I forgot about this, bet it sucks.
3) They remade Red Dawn?
Well, I saw it (6 months in advance) and is it any good, despite the complications it’s faced?
I was pretty pumped for this movie, I had been following it for a few years now and I’m super glad to have seen it.
You may not be aware this film exists, and that’s totally okay. This film has been a whole whirlwind of unfortunate events. It all began in 2009 (Yes, 2009) when this film went into production. First, it’s a remake of an 80s movie people generally like and don’t really want to be remade. Second, after production, they had to digitally change their antagonists from the Chinese to North Korea (which angered/confused many) because China caught wind of this film and sorta threatened a real Red Dawn. And third, this film was scheduled to be released in 2010 but because of the Chinese altercation, and MGM going bankrupt, it has still yet to see the light of day (and I’m still concerned it might not even if it does open in theaters November 21st, 2012).
Which sucks because this movie is actually alright-to-pretty good.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Pre-Thor), Josh Peck (Post-Drake and Josh) and Josh Hutchinson (Pre-Hunger Games) and focuses on Jed and Matt Eckert (Hemsworth and Peck) leading a pack of willful teenagers in suburban warfare with North Korea (in association with the Russia a little bit). This take on the story is obviously modernized but it doesn’t really show it. There is a lengthy news show montage that explains that Europe and America have essentially gone bankrupt with Asia and North Korea in association with some other countries wish to stop the evil Americans from being so darn greedy and they’re ‘here to help’.
In the original, the iconic invasion scene takes place at school, whereas in the remake it takes place one morning in Spokane, WA. I honestly don’t know which one I prefer. One is chilling because it’s so random, but the other is terrifying as well because of the suburban setting. We see families look up in the sky in confusion at the parachutes and planes and that sight still scares the crap out of me.
And as not to give away a lot (as if you don’t know what happens anyway) we see a lot of action and it truly kicks ass. I’m 17, so seeing a lot of high school students (and a marine) repel against an invading army is super cool.
Oh, I forgot to mention that, Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) is a recently retuned Iraq vet. He still plays leader and teaches the kids the ways of guerilla warfare, but it was sort of a downer to see a grown-up in the middle of the action (even if he was cool as heck and struck up a lot of brotherly drama).
All in all, there are enough changes to make the film worth seeing, namely the ending which I actually prefer to the original. (SPOILER ALERT?!?! They leave it more open ended as opposed to the epilogue in the original /SPOILER!?!?!!?)
-Despite being shot in 2009, the film is not dated at all. Which is good.
- There was not one mention of the word ‘communism’ or ‘World War III’ (which sort of leads into my next point).
- The violence is there, but I think The Hunger Games might be more gory. There are some… how do I say, ‘wuss outs’ in the film that make it limp a bit.
- If they market this right (or at all), they may just make an action star out of Josh Peck (who gives a marvelous performance and deserves this breakout role).
- The film KICKS ASS
- This is the movie BATTLE: LOS ANGELES wishes it was.
RED DAWN (2012) — 3.5/5
Although there are some strong performances, intense action and patriotism to go around, the RED DAWN remake slightly falls victim to downplaying the politics, intensity, and fear that made the original stick in the back of our minds.
Red Dawn (probably) opens in theaters November 21st, 2012 through Open Road Films/FilmDistrict
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