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Ridiculously violent for the certificate and wholly implausible in its set up, Red Dawn is the kind of gung-ho action thriller for people with sawdust for brains.
| Original Score: 2/5
In the wake of the Oscars, we have an early contender for worst film of the year.
| Original Score: 1/5
It is a foolish, ill-considered undertaking, the unexpected topicality of which makes it all the sillier.
This dismal remake of the overrated '80s cult flick is littered with the type of nausea-inducing patriotic dialogue lampooned by the likes of Team America: World Police.
While it does have its inherent flaws, it proves to be much better than the original...
| Original Score: 3/4
The action is generally well-staged, although watching teenagers building car bombs and cracking jokes about Call Of Duty feels like something to be endured rather than enjoyed.
Hollywood's cynicism knows no bounds. They're now remaking bad movies too.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
From its doomsday narrative and tired action set pieces, Red Dawn represents the lowest common denominator of dumb action movies.
This has to be the year's most pointless remake: a boring and badly acted reboot of John Milius's gung-ho red-scare actioner from 1984.
The enemy may have changed, but the same fatuous paranoia, flag-fluttering patriotism, and flimsy grip on international politics remains.
With any luck this will be the spanner that finally jams up the works of Hollywood's dangerously overcranked '80s remake Wurlitzer.
You're constantly asking yourself 'Will it matter if I leave half-way through this film?"?!
The concept is, undeniably, ridiculous, and the plotholes plentiful if one cares to look hard enough. But Red Dawn zips along at such a pace it's hard to notice.
Long-delayed. Arguably not long enough.
Dan Bradley's Red Dawn does a fine job distancing itself from the original, but while doing so becomes a mostly mindless action picture with a rather shallow message.
| Original Score: 3/5
The doltish, messy and frequently incoherent result bears all the hallmarks of a botched and compromised endeavour.
It's rubbish . . . and its sheer chutzpah makes it insulting as well!
Unfortunately unexciting remake of the 1984 junk-culture cult classic about a bunch of American teens who fight back after America is invaded by Communists. Yes, Communists... This could have been fun.
As idiotic as its inspiration, but it lacks the live-free-or-die integrity that 'Zen anarchist' John Milius brought to the original production.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Unfortunately, post-9/11, an invasion seems more plausible than it did in 1984.
| Original Score: 2/4