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Red Dawn

Posted by admin on November 28, 2012


Does the idea of another country invading us frighten me? Yes, but I just don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. I understand that the United States has enemies, but none of them really want to acquire our land. The all have military powers. They have done the math. They all have figured out that the first sign of somebody sending something over to us will be retaliated. Even during the darkest hours of the Cold War, I don’t think there was ever a point where the Soviet Union really wanted to simply send their tanks over the artic to attack us. The battlegrounds of the modern age are much more like a chessboard. Each side has every possible scenario memorized; it’s just the deciding factor of whoever makes a mistake first.

Having said that, simply invading is a dumb scenario. But a movie like Red Dawn thinks that something like that is something we need to fear. North Korea is apparently the biggest thing to fear according to this movie. Even after I’ve seen the trailers, I already know that this isn’t going to work. Once everyone can figure out the small size of their military, they can understand that their conquering of the United States is dumb enough.

The original Red Dawn from the eighties had the Soviets invading, but I haven’t seen it, so there’s really no point in me doing a comparison.

Set in upper state Washington, Jed Eckhert (played by Chris Hemsworth) has returned home to visit his father and younger brother Matt (played by Josh Peck). Both guys seem to resent Jed, as he left to join the Marines after his mother died, without much contact. I’d be mad to if he was my brother, to leave his family in a time of need. The reunion is short lived as Jed wakes up to the sound of explosions in the distance.

Looking to the sky, he sees several North Korean jet fighters and paratroopers coming down (how did they fly all the way here without a gas break?). The brothers flee in a truck to a cabin in the mountains, during which they pick up Matt’s other high school friends including Robert Morris (played by Josh Hutcherson). The kids decide to wage a guerrilla war against the invaders with the help of Jed leading. In an unknown mount of time (the pacing and timing of the story is awful), the kids learn to use weapons and military training, hoping to get beck their homes.

Red Dawn has to be one of the most poorly written actions movies of the year. I can never tell how much time has passed, thus implying that it only took one day for North Korea to take our land, set up prisons and checkpoints, and even set up new headquarters. If the writing and editing hadn’t suffered enough, the cinematography is putrid. This is another movie that uses shaky-close up camera work. How can I enjoy an action scene if I can barley see it?


I’ll give this one angry wolverine out of five. This movie really wants you to suspend your disbelief, but it has so many mistakes.


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