Starring: Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Josh Peck (ATM), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Adrianne Palicki (TV’s ‘Friday Night Lights’), Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2), Connor Cruise (Seven Pounds), Brett Cullen (The Dark Knight Rises), Will Yun Lee (Total Recall), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Possession)
The story is about a group of teenagers who take it upon themselves to over take the North Korean army that is taking over America.
It didn’t take anytime to get to the point of the movie. Within the first fifteen minutes, the attacks start and the chaos begins.
Jed (Hemsworth) takes the lead, taking his brother Matty (Peck) to their father, Tom (Cullen). He tells them to get to the cabin because they can be safe in the woods. On the way to the cabin, they try to get as many people as possible to join them.
When they group up at the cabin, there are eight other people. Jed has taken the leadership role and decides on what they should do, getting food and finding weapons and ammo.
On the morning after, the leader of the North Korean army, Cho (Lee), has both Jed/Matty’s father and Daryl’s (Cruise) father speak and ask them to give up the fight. But Tom doesn’t. Instead, he tells his boys to fight before getting shot in the head.
Having lost both of their parents, Jed and Matty respect their father’s dying wish and work towards fighting against the invasion. They train the other people, helping them learn how to shoot a gun, medical first aid, and other useful tactics.
When the time is right, they start their attack. It starts off small because they don’t have much for weapons. But once they are able to steal some from North Korea, they get stronger and the attacks become bigger. They call themselves the Wolverines and plaster it everywhere they go to try and encourage other people to take a stand.
One night, Jed decides that the only way to get their region back is to kill Cho. He devises a plan to blow up the stage during an anti-Wolverine rally. But Matty sees his girlfriend, Erica (Lucas), he goes off the plan to save her, losing one of their own on the way.
Angry with himself for what happened, Matty goes off on his own to collect his thoughts. Jed goes to him and makes him see the bigger picture. He then apologizes for leaving after their mother died and hopes that Matty can be a bigger man then him.
Matty returns and soon after their bunker gets bombed. They lose two more and they start to question if they are able to take down the North Korea invasion.
That night, there military men show up and offer their help. They say that they need to get a transmitter that the North Koreans are using to communicate so they can infiltrate. They go to steal it and there is a big show down at the headquarters, but they lose three more people.
The movie is a modern day reboot of the 1984 movie “Red Dawn” that starred Patrick Swayze, Thomas C. Hall, and Charlie Sheen. While the premise is the same, the story line is a bit different.
The movie had a lot of raw emotion as they showed the very realistic way that our country could be taken over. The characters are all out of their element, but use their strengths to stand up and defend their country.
Each actor portrayed their individual parts exceptionally well. Chris Hemsworth looked, acted, and talked like a marine and Josh Peck has shown that he’s come a long way since his Nickelodeon days. The only flaw I saw with the characters was actually the relationship between Peck and Hemsworth. Despite the fact that they looked absolutely nothing alike, their chemistry was not there. The only scene that I could almost see it was when Jed talks Matty into coming back to the group.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie a lot. Certainly a lot more then I was expecting. It’s not that I had low expectations for the movie, but I had really enjoyed the first one and was nervous about the reboot.
The movie is filled with action and drama and just a touch of romance that kind of completes the story. I think it’s a good movie to see for all ages but just be warned that it’s not going to be one of those epic movies that you talk about for years, but it certainly would be a movie you won’t regret spending the money to go and see.