Red Dawn Remake – Trailer13.08.12 # Trailers # 9 Comments
What if America was invaded by a hostile army and its civilians put under occupation? I’m not talking about the League Of Shadows in The Dark Knight Rises. This time it’s naughty North Korea and they’re ready to shoot your dad in the head.
Sure looks like we’re celebrating heroic acts of terrorism.
I love the concept of Red Dawn, it’s edgy, un-pc and if done right can give you the chills. But the ’84 original wasn’t anywhere near as good as its concept. This looks more polished but hampered by trying to be more politically correct – it was meant to be the Chinese invading in the remake, but at some point the studio chickened out and digitally altered the invaders to North Koreans. That just doesn’t sit right, North Korea doesn’t seem like it could invade the US in a credible way. Also the trailer mentions a mysterious device that ‘knocked out the US army’, one that will turn the tide if they grab it – that feels like a plot device from a G.I. Joe movie. Why not just have a credible, less cartoony invasion? It’s much more frightening.
The lead character is now a Marine ready to train the others, in the original they were civilians winging it. Does this miss a big part of the appeal?
The remake has been on the shelf since 2009 and while that normally indicates a movie’s terrible, in this case the delay was due to MGM’s financial problems. The other completed film stuck with it, Cabin In The Woods, turned out to be one of our favourites of this year so far. It’s actually fortunate for the studio that Red Dawn was delayed because Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson have become stars in the last three years, thanks to Thor and The Hunger Games.
Red Dawn is released on November 21st in the US. I’ll be watching it.