I wonder how often remakes come out to be as good as their predecessors. I’m sure the answer is not often. Luckily for a movie like “Red Dawn”, nobody really cares whether or not it’s any better than the 1984 original. The formula is pretty simple. What happens when you take American teenagers and throw them at an invading communist force? Explosions!
Both imaginings of “Red Dawn” tell the story of a small group of suburbanite kids who decide to protect their town and country when an army invades American soil. What’s funny is they don’t really protect their country since it has already been invaded and as far as their town is concerned; it’s a surprise that much of it is left after they’ve blown most of it to Hell and back.
After five years of sitting on the shelf the new “Red Dawn” starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan finally get to wave its colors. It’s a remake that never needed to be done and it shares many of the positive and most of the negative qualities of its predecessor. What made the original good was it’s timely release during the red scare and Cold War. We saw the group of teens fighting Russians and Cubans. In this new one, we’re fighting North Korea.
They’re serviceable antagonists, but you can’t really take the film seriously due to the fact that they were originally supposed to be Chinese. The studio that produced the film chickened out at the last minute and changed the invading army from China to North Korea. If you watch their lips closely enough, you will notice that the soldiers are actually speaking Chinese, only they’ve been dubbed over with Korean.
Chris Hemsworth is still able to take the smallest amount of character development and turn them into a solid performance. How he does that is beyond me. The last two roles I’ve seen him in have come out this year, only those films were made more than four years ago. It’s a strange feeling. Perhaps it’s a good thing that “Red Dawn” has sat so long on the shelf. The only reason that most people will see this film is for Chris Hemsworth. You wouldn’t have been able to say that five years ago.
“Red Dawn” may not go on to win any Oscars…I just laughed at myself. “Red Dawn” will never win any Oscars, but all in all it isn’t a terrible film; I actually liked it for what it was. You get out of it exactly what you expect to once you’ve seen the trailer. It really does have nice explosions and lots of guns. Anyways, go and see this film if you want. You will at least get half your money’s worth given back to you. Rest assured that if North Korea ever invades and sees this film, they’ll more than likely turn back immediately and tell China and Russia to do the same. We’re just not worth it. America!