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4.0 out of 5 stars Read the One Star Reviews, decided to rent it, and Bought it after watching it, March 12, 2013
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This review is from: Red Dawn (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
I almost did not watch this movie. But after renting Judge Dredd based on the large number of five star reviews it recieved, and deciding that it was not my cup of tea, I felt that perhaps I did not need to put as much stock in the opinions of others, even if those opinions are apparently shared by a number of people. Back to "Red Dawn" [the remake]. It is not that bad. Granted, it is different, both in terms of story line and character development than the original. After watching the remake, I also bought the original on Amazon Instant Video so I could watch them back-to-back and compare. The original does a better job at portraying the characters on a human level (at least for the Wolverines, but also for some of the bad guys such as the Russian Spetznaz commander and the Cuban Colonel). The remake falls short in terms of helping you identify with the characters. On the plus side, the story line of the remake is a bit more plausible (Marine on leave organizing a guerilla group rather than a recent high school graduate and former football star with no military experience). I had a hard time with the NORTH KOREANS invading until we learn that they had Russian help and that their toe hold is limited to the Pacific NW. Subtle (and not so subtle) links with the original movie appear within the remake (Drinking the Deer's blood for example). However, the remake treats other subjects (collaboration with the occupiers) quite differently. Overall, an adequate effort which deserves a bit more than some of these reviews may indicate.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013 8:32:27 AM PDT
GJW; Florida says:
Good review Mark. The filmmakers actually replaced the Soviet bad guys with Chinese, and only digitally switched to North Koreans in postproduction. They realized that in the real-world, economics rules and they did not want to be left out of China's multi billion dollar film market.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2013 2:13:03 AM PST
Menkaure says:
Apparently it was a wasted effort, as nobody in China went to see this turkey.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 4:40:43 PM PST
One thing to keep in mind is that the original script of the new Red Dawn was the Chinese invading not the North Koreans. The movie was shot with China being the force and after production the Chinese took "offense" and threatened the studio that they would not allow the movie to be shown in China if they did not change the movie. This is why the release in theaters was delayed at least a year after completion if not longer.
This scenario is much more plausible and is actually one of the plans of the International Banking Cartel and their NWO.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2013 6:25:54 PM PST
It proves however who the International Banking Cartel (and their huge multi national corporations they control) have put their chips behind now and it is not America. America has been set up to fall. This is why nothing seems to get better no matter which side of the false left vs right paradigm is in control in D.C. The same controlled advisory groups/think tanks set the policies for both the so called left and the right. The policies America has implemented the past several decades (especially the past 15) has America playing the "Black Hat" role in the world and China and Russia are playing the "White Hats" when in reality all these governments are controlled by the same International Banking families. The scenario in this movie is not as far fetched as many believe.
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