Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Red Dissapointment

  In 1984 the world was a different place. The fear of Russia was at an all time high and a movie came out that made us believe that we could be invaded. Red Dawn was the first movie released with a PG-13 rating.
A group of Colorado teens take to the mountains to defend the land they love. Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen led this band of freedom fighters and it was if nothing else very cheesy fun. The original had one thing that the new version lacks, but we aren't there yet.

 It's 2012 and America is attacked by the North Korea. Nato has issues. We have no allies. America is hit by an electric pulse and we are invaded. Chris Hemsworth returns from a tour of duty in Afghanistan to lead a new group of teens. They too head into the woods and attempt to form a resistance against their North Korean Overlords.  They bicker, fight, and become soldiers. They are only kids , but they must defend their homes and make contact with groups like them across the country. They get help along the way from a small Special Forces Unit led by Jeffery Dean Morgan.

 This was kept on the shelf for awhile and made before Helmsworth became Thor. It shows. The cast is horrible. Connor Cruise, the adopted son of Tom, makes his acting debut and isn't bad. He and Helmsworth are the only good members of the cast. There is so much wrong with this film. An electronic pulse hits the U.S. but cell phones still work?  Suburban High School kids immediately become experts with military grade weapons? There are so many things that just don't make sense.

 There are a few surprises, but for the most part this film is a failure. The original was cheesy, but there was something about it that made it fun to watch. Helmsworth is not Swayze and that is OK. The biggest difference was the original had heart and this one simply doesn't. Wait for video. Netflix it. See something else in theaters or just skip it all together. You won't miss it. Trust me.

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