The remake of the 1984 film ‘Red Dawn’ comes out to U.S. theaters tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving, and movie goers may want to veer off to see Skyfall, Flight or Silver Linings Playbook instead of having to sit through two hours of ho-hum action and predictable scenes. My wife and I rolled our eyes more than once during this flick when we saw it earlier this month during a screening.
It is hard to understand where the $75 million budget went for this movie as its special effects seemed sub par at best. We normally have positive things to say about stunt coordinator turned director Dan Bradley, however everyone is entitled to err from time to time. Bradley is credited with excellent performances in action films such as the Bourne trilogy, Quantum of Solace and Spiderman.
Set in a high school football-centric Spokane, Washington where home team, The Wolverines, somehow are seen as more influential and effective than U.S. Marine forces to save the United States from a massive surprise invasion from North Korea. Producers should have labeled it a sci-fi flick because the premise is so outrageous it is hard to grasp. It would have been far better had they not done a serious remake of the 1984 film and brought it to a serious modern-day invasion of knocking down our Internet infrastructure. The 2012 version is riddled with absurdities, viewers were trying to find at least some basis of reality; instead we were left with stupidity at every turn when the teens somehow repeatedly evade the North Korean military occupation of Spokane. Halfway through the film I really didn’t care if the high schoolers died or not, we just wanted out of the movie. It is unclear why, however the original invasion was to be from China, however was changed to North Korea.
The only reason to go fork over your $15 for a ticket is if you happen to be a super fan of one of the actors, but you may want to wait and just put it in your Netflix queue. Chris Hemsworth plays the lead actor Jed who surprisingly shows up at his family’s home, fresh from a tour in Afghanistan and it just goes south from there as we learn about his mother dying. The references throughout the film of his mother passing is overdone and mostly unnecessary for the film. The film ignores plausible basic equipment the North Koreans would have brought with them or acquired once in town; things like thermal imaging binoculars to see the Wolverines in the woods and alarms at their makeshift headquarters at the former Spokane police department.