Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 movie with the same movie title. In the movie, Washington State was attacked by ultranationalist extremists from North Korea that took over the USA. With the increased deployment of US troops abroad, the mainland was easily reached as an initial target and was occupied by the enemy. With the determination to fight back and save their hometown, a group of young nationalists, which they themselves named “Wolverine,” evacuated to the woods with their weapons and bug out bags and trained themselves into a guerilla group ready for fighting against those enemies.
Although the remake of Red Dawn is similar to the original movie, it was not as good. A lot of negative critics and movie reviews were written about the poor quality and storyline of the remake. As for my point of view, nothing really beats the original.
Before watching the remake, I made sure to have a glimpse of the original to have some points of comparison to the new one. One movie review also interested me when the critic faultlessly pointed and emphasized all the bad areas of the movie with a boring demeanor.
Admittedly, the remake was in a real trouble. In the opening shots, a montage of news reports, sound bites, and political clips that seem not to have any associations with each other. It is very important that the opening shots should interest the audience because it’s a forecast of the rest of the movie.
The cast, which was primarily starred by Chris Hemsworth (who is popular as Thor), is a non-charismatic group of youngsters. Part of the cast was Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, and Adrianne Palicki. The names did not give any excitement when you compare to block buster action movies. However, the action scenes and stunts made by the actors, co-actors (with or without stuntmen) were really superb. The battle scenes, of course with the new technology that came in handy, were very effective that were the inculcated with a momentous sense of pressure.
One thing that was confusing in the movie is the attack of the alliance group with North Korea. Only political clips and sound bites from the opening shots were shown without any explanation in the latter shots of the movie. That is why you will think that the movie doesn’t make any sense at all. It is just rehashing all the action-star-moves-plus-guns-and-bullets-flying-everywhere.
If the remake was one with a lead actor like Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Nicolas Cage or Denzel Washington (if they were younger considering the plot), and a well-comprehended screenplay then it would really hit big on the screen.
Better luck next time.