Red Dawn

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The rebooted Red Dawn lacks the original's topicality, but at least pays tribute in delivering the same short shrift to character development and general logic.



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In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky - shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom. -- (C) Official Site


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  • Jan 22, 2019
    Who are these children, what are their relationships with one another and why did they go from frightened civilians to dedicated (and trained) guerrilla soldiers over the course of one montage with no development character or otherwise? Genuinely though, Red Dawn (2012) is a lot better than I was expecting, and I can honestly say I think I like the role of the adult US soldiers in this one more than I did in the original. Still a bit of a 'why bother ?' though. Maybe a TV series for the next reboot?
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2014
    I watched this more out of curiosity over the plot since the premise was interesting to me. However, let's start by saying that the personal conflict between the characters is silly and unimaginative. The main plot is not much better since the movie doesn't really explain how North Koreans could ever feasibly invade a country by dropping down in parachutes from the sky. And these kids train and form a guerrilla in a manner way to fast and incomprehensible in the limited 90 minute run-time this movie brings us. But then having the ludicrous and poorly written dialogue go on any longer wouldn't have been advisable.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    Honestly not nearly as bad as I've been told. I'll be the first to admit that there's a lot wrong with this film--a lot of the younger actors aren't so great (though Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Chris Hemsworth and awesome as usual). This film is way too short as well, and the problem is that it cuts the sequences showing how the characters develop from high school teens into freedom fighters, opting instead for the use of montage. Some of the characters are less memorable than in the original, but others make up for it to some extent. I like the more optimistic ending--true, a bunch of the characters die in this movie, but pretty much everybody bought it in the original. I think only two people were left out of like a dozen at the end of the original. So not as good as the original, but still worth checking out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2013
    Best thing about this was Chris Hemsworth! The plot seemed a little thin.
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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