(NEW YORK) — Red Dawn is a remake of a mediocre film from 1984 that played on our fear of the Cold War possibly turning into a real war.
How do you translate that to 2012? Well, you don’t. This movie was supposed to come out in 2010 and back then it seemed like a bad idea, too.
In this iteration of Red Dawn, the bad guys are the North Koreans, who paratroop their way into the U.S. For our purposes, they happen to land in the Pacific Northwest, where Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) is the quarterback for his high school football team, The Wolverines. Matt’s older brother, Jed (Chris Hemsworth, pre-Thor), is home on leave from the Marines. They’re not terribly fond of each other as Jed joined the Marines soon after their mother died, which left a bad impression on Matt. He felt abandoned by his big bro!
Well, nothing a little invasion by the North Koreans can’t fix. Jed leads Matt and several of his high school buddies into skirmishes with the North Koreans and not one of them is believable.
Give Hemsworth and the likes of The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson credit, because every actor in this movie did their best to execute the dialogue and direction they were given, but nothing they could do would prevent this film from seeming absolutely ridiculous.
One and a half out of five stars.
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Kayla Nelson, Idaho State University Marketing and Communication
Jim Bennett, Deseret News