on November 4, 2014
This movie is one in a long line of remakes intent on giving an "updated" version of a better quality original. Hollywood specializes now in creating the least offensive, and/or controversial product possible, and it usually has all the passion of a car commercial.
My reasons for giving the movie a "1 star" rating?
1. The original was made at a time when real tension existed between the U.S. and Russia. That anxiety over armed conflict between the two is minimal at this point, and not on the radar screens of the vast majority of Americans. Basically, it's not timely.
2. Aspects of the original are changed for no apparent reason, other than to make the film possibly less offensive to some groups. Example? In the first film, most of the invaders were Cuban. North Koreans are not likely to feel incensed at the release of this turd though, owing to the fact that it will never air in their country, except in the context of torture possibly. Also, you can't help noticing the "wolverteens" were "diversified" to make it more "modern".
3. As is common now, the cast is made up of skinny jean wearing hipsters, that look like they have spent considerable time in the hair and makeup department minutes before filming. What little dirt you see on them, looks applied. If you want realism, wouldn't it make sense for the characters to look a little more ragged?
4. The characters are incredibly generic, and the acting is flat.
5. The action was cartoonish. Surprisingly, in real life, people can't outrun explosions or bullets. I think they used some old "roadrunner" episodes as a technical reference.
If you wanted to make the film more politically correct, for starters you could make the bad guys target a strategic iphone supply in the U.S. That would be the most plausible scenario for young people taking up arms. Texted by main character-"OMG, they want our phooooonnnnnneeesss! LOL". Also, they could outfit our heroes with rapid fire social justice dispensers (a gun is too offensive, and it kinda looks like a penis too) that leave the baddies cowering from it's high intensity, anti-patriarchy, guilt and shame waves. Poor guys would be reduced to dishing with their female friends on Saturday night about some hottie/ bad boy, while secretly pining for them. "You're such a good friend (insert North Korean soldier name here), I'm lucky to have you". Some other memorable lines from the film might be: "I hid some skinny jeans in a recycled paper bag under the manhole....er...ummm.. I mean the drainage system cover equally accessible regardless of gender, religion, race, and/or political leaning". Pretty catchy huh?
Unfortunately, I don't see this idiotic trend ending anytime soon. The real red invasion has been occurring for decades, and it's ideological.
on October 6, 2015
A remake of the original film. with a few faults one fault is, it's very dark and you loose your bearing and you really can't see who is shot and killed and where the shooting is coming from it's just way to dark mainly towards the end. It misses the mark as remakes often do. They had a chance to make a great movie but they missed the mark. Not that it's bad but the original is that much better. I love remakes that are done right. It shares some similarities but there are many changes, some good some not so good. There are a few things I found with the script that are far fetched but the actors did a great job despite the at times a crappy script. The film failed to keep my attention and even lost my interest at times I could care less if I saw it or not. That what makes it disappointing to me as I had high hopes for this film because I am such a fan of the original movie. If you like the original; you kinda want to see this movie if not I'd pass on it. A waste in Blu ray, it looks good but ot wont help this film it's still just OK.
on April 2, 2015
The first edition of this film was far better, more believable, considering the enemy envisioned, and Swayze was overall a better lead actor than this guy, in my opine! Remakes, in general, in my opine, are never as good as the original, and I really wish Hollyweird would quit riding this horse and find better screenwriters to create original plots, story-lines, and seek Indie screen authors for their material!
on April 28, 2014
I'm not a fan of the original Red Dawn to begin with, but at least the director clearly cared about what he was doing with that one. Not the case with this remake. Then again, the only reason I got it was because I found it cheap and Josh Hutcherson is in it. Not even he can save this film for me though.
I'll be blunt: the performances feel stilted. The characters aren't even one-dimensional, they have no dimensions to speak of, and they're completely forgettable. Honestly, when people die in this film my reaction was one of, "Huh? Someone got killed? I don't even remember that character. What was their name again? Did they even have one?" Speaking of character, there is no character development to actually make me care about the cardboard cutouts I'm forced to watch for 90 minutes. The action is sub-par at best. The storyline is too absurd to be taken seriously and takes itself too seriously to be funny. The climax feels like it was ripped from a video game that was probably way more fun and interesting than this film. In the end you're just left feeling cold and used. Emphasis on the used. Even the $4 I spent to own this feels like way too much. I was robbed. And I'm not happy.
Bottom line: if you want Red Dawn, watch the original. Use the remake as a drink coaster. At least you'll get some satisfaction out of it that way.
on January 25, 2016
Solid remake of the original, and quite watchable. I found the scene where they wake up in their homes and find we are under full attack to be gutwrenching, as it should be. In a lot of ways, I feel the original had better acting, but I recommend seeing both of these films. Many have argued that the premises of each of these films is utter nonsense, unrealistic, etc., but I think it is good food for serious thought to picture what it is like to have foreign boots on the ground in your own country. There are many accounts of war in many lands, but this one allows you to entertain for a while how horrific it might be it if came to our shores. These days, a series of major events could rapidly unfold which could bring that about. Food for thought. Recommended.