It is Thanksgiving and channels everywhere are showing movies that we all grew up with – Hoosiers, Rudy, The Fugitive, just to name a few. Well, I went to the movies this holiday to watch a remake of one of them… Red Dawn.
Who among us has not wanted to scream, “Wolverines!” and fight for our country after watching the original? It glorified the defense of your home and taking action against the wrong…
The new version also invokes these feelings. Updated from its original story line, it brings a feeling of reality and present day. The plot moves much faster than the original, which was a plus. Giving little hints to back stories of brothers Jed played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) and Matty played by Josh Peck (Drake and Josh, The Wackness) was original and made some sense of the characters’ motives. Gone are the Russian invaders, replaced with North Koreans. Also gone is the single minded idea that the entire country is not fighting except for our movie’s heroes. And, for those who loved the original, don’t expect to know who lives and who dies. This, for me, made it more enjoyable as I was not sitting through the movie going ‘oh this is where blah blah kills that guard and then gets shot’.
While the Wolverines are a small group of teenagers from Spokane, WA., played by Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terebithia , The Hunger Games), the delicious Adrianne Palicki (Legion and the now dead Wonder Woman show), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Edwin Hodge (The Alamo) and Connor Cruise (son of Tom Cruise), they are pretty quickly joined by a special forces unit, headed by Tanner played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and given a mission. This mission is not to end the war, but to be the first step. This, of course, sets up any possible sequels, which I greatly hope are made. It would make a good action movie series, which besides the 007 and Bourne movies, Hollywood desperately needs.
The young actors try their best to convey feelings of pain, sadness, and even the occasional laugh throughout the movie, but some of it comes off as too much over acting. The older, more experienced actors, with their smaller parts, were given some of my favorite lines of the film.
Overall, I am going to disagree with almost every critic I have heard trash this movie and give it close to 3 out of 4 blasters. If you’re a fan of the original, definitely go see this film. And if you weren’t, go see it anyway. It’s fun.
Oh and since you may not have seen this and you absolutely should have, here’s what Palicki would have looked like in Wonder Woman, should it have survived. Your welcome.
Until next time… go forth and be awesome!