Red Dawn Reviews
Russia launches a surprise attack on and invasion of the USA. A small town in Colorado experiences this first hand when Russian paratroopers land in the town and quickly take it over. A small group of teenagers from the local high school, calling themselves the Wolverines, manage to escape into the mountains and start to fight back.
Quite entertaining. Yes, it was made during the Cold War so is a tad propagandic and, some might say, dated. However, it is still relevant today to a degree, due to Vladimir Putin doing his utmost to restart the Cold War. Always good to see the Ruskies get their rear ends kicked.
Much grittier than I imagined. Being centred around teens and thus aimed at teens I imagined it would pull its punches and present a Disneyised version of war, complete with empty sentimentality and idealised versions of honour, chivalry and the like. Was pleasantly surprised to see that it didn't go down this path. The scene with the prisoner and the traitor rams that point home.
Plot is a bit basic and direction more focused on action than drama, so the movie is certainly no Citizen Kane. However, it has great momentum and is never dull.
Main cast includes many stars-to-be: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey (in her second feature film), Lea Thompson and C Thomas Howell. Swayze does well but is a bit miscast, looking to old for his part. Turns out, that, while his character is 18 or so, Swayze was 32!
Supporting cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, Powers Boothe and William Smith.
In WW3, Russians will only travel one truck at a time. And the US will offer zero armed resistance.
what the us army couldnt do...the wolverines could.
lot of new equipment they pick up for ppl living in forests.
Not the most cohesive narrative, and the attempt at character development was mostly a fail. Very little pathos. But, heck... fun to watch. If for no other reason, how much it must piss off commies, er, Democrats. Implausible. Great idea for a movie, though.
Great action sequences that actually feel dangerous, an A-list cast of '80s heartthrobs, and a talented director at the helm. What's not to like?