July 29, 2012

My Thoughts: The Red Dawn Remake

I like the original Red Dawn. An 80’s movie that capitalized on the Cold War atmosphere with Soviets trying to invade the USA and it’s up to Patrick Swayze and company to stop them. A goofy, good time. Of course, it had to get remade in modern times and replace Soviets with North Korea.
But where is it?
It’s been in mambo for the last few years due to financial troubles with MGM that also coincidentally delayed not only Red Dawn, but the Whedon/Goddard horror hit Cabin in the Woods. However, word has just been released that Red Dawn will finally be released in November for all of us to see. Will it work?
The big problem heading into the movie’s release is the aforementioned delay. Financial issues aside, the fact that it has been held off for this long is an obvious well of worry for people concerned over this remake. This isn’t the case most of the time obviously (Cabin in the Woods for example), but I’m still iffy on the finished product. The director is a first timer with his background mostly in second unit and stunt coordination for films like Independence Day and Spider-Man 3 which is impressive, but not reliable. Add the fact that we haven’t had any trailers or footage of this movie and it just feels like a lost cause.
Another major concern is of course the post 9/11 time that we are in right now. Having North Korea invade the USA will certainly not sit well with some people. It was ok back in the 80’s when the original came out because the patriotism was just overflowing at that time. Nowadays, the US is trying to be squeaky clean and patriotism is sort of looked in a muddy light so the movie could not work in that aspect.
The film does sport an impressive cast with Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, and Adrianne Palicki who have grown in popularity as of late. Plus, we also get Jeffrey Dean Morgan which is always a positive. So there’s some good potential for this to be a fun good old USA! USA! type film that we don’t get as often as you would hope for in this era. I’m holding out some hope that it has the potential to be good, but the movie fan in me will always be skeptical until some footage or a trailer is released.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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