Thursday, August 14, 2014
Red Dawn (2012)
Way back in 1984 a movie came out that played into the psyche of the time. Red Dawn placed a band of high school kids against the Cuban and Russian armies attempting to invade the USA. Everyone I knew at the time could not get enough on that film. In the theater, on TV when it was replayed and renting at the local video store. Two years ago, they decided it might be a good idea to remake Red Dawn. This time it is the North Koreans invading the USA with a tiny bit of help from the Russians.
There are a couple key plot lines that were kept. The drinking of the deer's blood and Darryl leading the Russian forces to the group's location. This time both scenes are under different circumstances and results.
The actors did the best they could with the script they were given. The action sequences were a lot of fun to watch. However, the overall story line does not play well. A massive power outage turns out to be the way to get into the USA without being seen way ahead of time? Yeah, not so much. And the North Koreans do not have the resources to make an invasion like that happen.
All that aside, if you see it on Netflix or one of the pay channels, sit down and watch the film. You just might enjoy it if you are not expecting much. I will say this. There is a scene that did take me quite by surprise.