Ayotte on “Red Dawn”:
First and foremost, the 2012 remake of the 1984 classic “Red Dawn” doesn’t compare to the awesomeness of the original. It’s very rare when a remake lives up to its predecessor and the 2012 “Red Dawn” was just decent at best. The thought of another country attempting to take over the U.S. is laughable but watching this type of story unfold makes it seem possible. Director Dan Bradley successfully convinces the audience that an attack on U.S soil is plausible as we watch North Korea raid the East Coast and start taking prisoners.
Hundreds of foreign troops descend from the sky, land in neighborhoods and kill unsuspecting Americans at will. U.S. Marine Jed Eckert, played by Chris Hemsworth, realizes what’s happening and uses his military training to rally a rag-tag group of everyday people. He creates a rebel army, the Wolverines, and the group of unlikely revolutionaries quickly proves they won’t go down without a fight and even ambush the North Koreans countless times.
The North Korean leader gets irritated and launches an all-out assault to find the American rebels that call themselves the Wolverines. His efforts prove unsuccessful and the rebels join forces with other rebel groups against the North Koreans. Actors Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and Josh Hutcherson are all members of the Wolverines and are somewhat convincing. Peck, who plays Jed Eckert’s little brother, is a loose cannon and puts the group in danger which almost leads to their demise. Hutcherson continues to prove he’s a solid young actor with his performance in the film and Palicki is just gorgeous.
“Red Dawn” will at least make you think about this interesting scenario and what would happen if another country actually attempted to take over. Would normal people with guns rally together and fight? Just watch this movie (or the original) and you’ll get a take on how all that might play out. Again, this film can’t beat the original with stars like the great late actor Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson and Charlie Sheen (winning).
The film is rated PG-13 like the original and it’s pretty clean for the most part. Expect a lot of death, not a whole lot of a storyline and a couple of pretty girls—that’s the film in a nutshell. It’s a classic example why remakes don’t work – ever. This will likely be the average 12-year-old boy’s favorite movie for and a mom’s worst nightmare. You have other, better choices this holiday season. I suggest you try those first because this movie just doesn’t make the grade.