Skip to comments.Red Dawn AAR (WARNING: SPOLIERS!)
Posted on 11/22/2012 4:25:01 PM PST by Old Sarge
Okay, Folks, I took The Bride to see the late screening of "Red Dawn" last night.
The theater was barely half-full, lots of inconsiderate people who kept their cel phones on until the last possible second.
During the first two minutes of the film, the story flashed many current events showing how the world was collapsing. One of the flash images was the current _Resident of the White House speaking about cyber-threats. One of the youths in the audience at the sight of Dear Leader squealed out, "Obamaaaaa!!"
The graphics and the sets and effects were superb. But the story line (North Korea invading the pacific NW? Riiight...) left a little to be desired. They had the Russians invading the eastern seaboard, but there was no mention of the brown hordes coming over the southern border this time; only that the Texas border was burning.
Rather than a shot-down Air Force pilot this time, they had three Marines link up with the Wolverines; one was a bearded Sergeant-Major, another a jingo-spouting badass. The third is the token Asian techie.
The Wolverines themselves were updated to reflect PC sensibilities; two Hispanics and a black kid round out the gang. As for their fates, Jed buys it like in the original, but Mattie, who is now a hot-dogging high-school quarterback who gets his buddies killed, transforms into the new leader of the Wolverines after Jed's demise.
The improvised tech the movie uses is updated for our modern age. Cel phones detonate IED's, and phone cameras are used to gather intel. Most weapons were gleaned off the enemy dead, including C-4. An enemy EMP burst takes out the grid before the invasion, and the Wolverines/Marines fight to steal one of the enemy's hardened comms packages.
As the credits rolled, the theater, unexpectedly, broke into applause.
Overall, we thought that Red Dawn 2012 had high and low points, but it's still a worthy successor to Red Dawn 1984.
Gez thanks.guess I dont need to go now
I read this whole thing, and now the movie is spoiled for me. Why didn’t you warn us in the title?
No Powers Boothe?
Blame the keyboard for the typo...
The Cold War is over. So is the era of unapologetic alpha male action movies. Don't tell the folks behind "Red Dawn."
The film, a remake of the 1984 cult hit, sticks closely to the original formula of courageous kids, evil invaders and, of course, the battle cry which echoed throughout the decade.
Does it matter that the invading force this time around hails from North Korea and not the Soviet Union? Well, yeah. There's plenty in the new "Dawn" that doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Where "Red Dawn" rules is in its bone simple scenario. America is invaded. Time to fight for our liberty. Again.
‘One of the youths in the audience at the sight of Dear Leader squealed out, “Obamaaaaa!!”’
Chris Matthews was at your movie theater getting another tingle up his leg???
this time were invaded from with in
His shoe is probably still stuck to the theater floor. Yuk.
I occasionally bleat out “obama” when a picture off dear leader is shown....
But I emphasize the “BA” in Obama, so it sounds like a sheep bleating out of sarcasm...
Just to poud it into all of those within earshot that I am mocking Obama worship.
How can cell phones be used as a detonator if the grid is fried??
“Jericho” was better, and more likely.
I saw the original Red Dawn on Martha’s Vinyard in 1984. I clapped while the rest of the audience left in sullen silence. =) Good times.
Wolverines how apt as the film was filmed in Michigan. ( I saw the original movie and if I remember right they too called themselves wolverines) - because they hide undergound and strike and move hide undergorund and strike again. Michigan taxpayers contributed 14 million dollars on this film.
ROFLMAO!!!! I’m gonna try that next time! ;)
Unless Korea wins we already know the ending.
This movie did NOT need to be made. There are only 2 reasons to remake a movie:
1) The original was a good idea badly made
2) Hollywood has no new ideas
The original was a good idea very well made. That leaves...?
Ohe thing mentioned in the is that most of the red states were not overtaken and still USA.
The Mouse That Roared was more likely.
i believe in the original they called themselves the wolverines because that was the name of their football team. they were kids after all.