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Posted on 11/19/12 10:09 PM
Altogether, 'Red Dawn' is best described as pedestrian; the acting is mostly flat and dull (Mr. Peck especially, Mr. Hemsworth in exception); the chemistry between the romantic interests is faint and almost non-existent; the story itself is straightforward but inundated with needless and forgotten subplots (i.e the mayor and the Russians); the action set pieces are explosive but are undercut by eye-gouging shaky cam; and the references to the original film (deer blood, tracking device) serve as nothing more than a wink and a nod to those in the know.
'Red Dawn', like Ben Afleck's 'Argo', propagates an altered and fictionalized reality to necessitate a flag-waving narrative, but this approach is wildly irresponsible. There's still a fairly substantial niche in modern cinema for the wistful nostalgic to relive their glory days as a cartoonish live-action superhero (see the nearly arthritic cast of 'The Expendables'), but the uninspired 2012 remake of 'Red Dawn feels' positively regressive.
Full Review: http://www.soundonsight.org/?p=149994