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Under the direction of longtime stunt coordinator Dan Bradley (The Bourne Ultimatum), the cast looks pretty while playing with guns but nothing more.
Not really.A marketing genius figured out that China is one of the biggest markets for American movie exports, and North Korea generates unimpressive ..
Despite the original pics nostalgic appeal to many Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, will the title have any resonance at all for the remakes obvious target ..
I know I certainly didnt.Not once does the film extend past its silly plot and because of that it shouldnt be taken seriously.
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But a new Red Dawn could have been so much more fun had it thrown a properly out of bounds tea party.
It feeds the warrior fantasies of adolescent boys with a testosterone heavy tale of a war free of moral complications.
Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it feels more fateful than a football game.
First time lead director Dan Bradley delivers some decent action sequences with a good quota of pyrotechnic effects.
On one hand, stiff and absurd action sequences make the courageous high school heroes smashing the Red Army look like some kind of kiddie park ride.
Director Bradley is a former stunt coordinator, which accounts for the well staged action sequences that take up the bulk of the films relatively brie ..
The rest of the movie is a complete mess, to be sure, but this particular bit is so shameless and shamelessly awful that it is a little startling in t ..
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And Red Dawn fails on both fronts the opportunity to take whats unquestionably a compelling subject and do something exciting with it utterly missed, ..
That those are mostly Red States seems not at all coincidental, and it is even possible to imagine the film as being conceived somewhere along its pro ..
Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far fetched even if you accept that premise that no ..
Instead weve been handed one with zero ambition or things to say.The films end opens it up for the possibility of a sequel, but hopefully thats someth ..
But the latter feels like an entertaining way to purge some real anxieties, while the former comes across as a cheap attempt to cash in without expend ..
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And is the film enjoyable for anyone besides those looking for a hefty dose of unabashed American patriotism
This second rate reboot is a dull, tired and unnecessary remake that youll forget by the end credits.
In the process, the filmmakers have altered the premise from the unlikely to the ridiculous.
The Globe And Mail
Do armies still invade by parachute.Wouldnt it make more sense to just book a flight to Seattle and take the country over, starting with that guy elbo ..
Straight up action fare that never asks any questions beyond where the next round of ammunition is coming from, based on a premise even sillier today ..
One Guys Opinion
John Milius 1984 action/adventure film, Red Dawn, has long faded from the memories of all but a small group of intense devotees.It is perhaps best rem ..
But it does have laughs.What do you miss most about The World, boys
Rogers Movie Nation
10 1 3 / 10 The story about the creation and release predicament behind the Red Dawn remake is actually quite interesting.
The execution of the central concept is too much a fantastical adventure story to honestly explore the ramifications of its scenario while still manag ..
Mark Reviews Movies
John Miliuss 1984 cult classic about American teens battling a Soviet invasion has been reinvented as a Tea Party wet dream that offers a scathing (if ..
It is entertaining but really aimed at younger audiences and all of us old guys who love the original and see this out of curiosity.
There are many reasons not to remake 1984s Red Dawn..One good reason is that its a stupid movie.
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Filmmaker RZA has infused The Man with the Iron Fists with a gleefully over the top feel that is, at the outset, impossible to resist, as the first ti ..
In fact, it seems like it never manages to figure out its tone, resulting in it going from action to comedy to camp and back again, with the combinati ..
The Nature of Imitation is the sound of Dorian Concept systematically deconstructing various genres, stripping them back to the bones underneath and t ..
Good thing, too, because this is a movie that requires a caffeinated audience.
The dull, predictable direction is the perfect match for a watery, nondescript cast.
Stuntman turned director Dan Bradleys remake isnt a terrible movie, any more than the John Milius original is a great one.
You wouldnt have to know that Red Dawn is a remake to get the feeling this movie is out of place in 2012.If youre looking for a fun, simple action fli ..
Could be fun, you might think. No. Bad acting and worse dialogue quickly put an end to that notion.
An even odder war story than the bluntly provocative, Reagan era original.
Todays terrorism paranoia, apparently, is too complex and too faceless for some. No, we need a clear cut enemy. Do you have something in red
Alas, he doesnt impersonate the Norse god in this movie, which might benefit from a thunderbolt of divine intervention.
Just really, really lame, right down to the Communist symbols that adorn the revised Stars and Stripes.
Miliuss unfashionable patriotism and old fashioned regard for honour and heroism, as well as his considerable cinematic gifts, gave the movie a certai ..
In the end, its a superior film overall, and I appreciated its entertainment value and alterations.
It made righteous retribution seem glorious, sexy, patriotic and fun.
Red Dawn Graeme Virtue 15 March 2013 Stunt coordinator of Bourne movies delivers compromised invasion remake North Korea.It doesnt make any sense!
Susan Grangers review of Red Dawn (Film District) Making money shouldnt be the only reason for a re make, but thats obviously what propelled this ill ..
Hemsworths character delivers speeches to his younger comrades about the ugliness and bloodiness of whats about to happen, but of course theres no mov ..
Thankfully, the film doesnt rely too heavily on the strength of its characters to move the story, but when your lead protagonist is as bad as Peck is ..
Dan Bradleys version wont sway anyone who already construes the mere prospect of an update as something resembling sacrilege, and its unlikely to leav ..
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If the North Koreans invaded and saw this movie, theyd probably just turn back.
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The Bottom Line: Dull and uninspired, Red Dawn may be one of the most worthless remakes in recent memory and this is coming from someone who didnt hat ..
Oh boy, are we in for it.A second recession here, a bit of cyberterrorism there, and well be weak enough for North Korea to invade Spokane, Washington ..
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The U.S. the movie warns might be turning into North Korea.Cant you see it
Ultimately, Red Dawn is a fun film that knows enough not to try to be anything its not. Most of the cast is solid, the action is good, and theres a ni ..
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Even cheap applause is worth something in a cheesefest like this one.
Its got the fingerprints of contemporary action filmmaking shaky camerawork and lousily written characters.
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It was silly and campy and over the top, but it did at least reflect the fears of the time.
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Its almost tragic then, that Bradleys Red Dawn reveals itself to be yet another unwatchable misfire in a long line of poorly conceived, poorly made cu ..
The odds and the movie arent good.Dont waste much time with comparisons between the two casts: Chris Hemsworth is an able substitute for Swayze but we ..
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This dismal remake of the overrated 80s cult flick is littered with the type of nausea inducing patriotic dialogue lampooned by the likes of Team Amer ..
This world is divided between the makers and the takers, and after just a few minutes of Red Dawn, youll realize theres not much more you can take.
The teen powered hit exploited that fear with an adventure bringing World War III to American soil.
Its not saying much that the new Red Dawn is better, but it is. By quite a bit.
Red Eye Chicago
While it is not as gloriously cheesy as the original, this Red Dawn is a good low rent action movie.
It stretches credibility on more than one occasion, but thats okay since it is positioned as more of a nostalgic, large scale throwback to the action ..
Dustin Put Man
The film doesnt celebrate much of anything except the virtue of kicking ass.
Hollywood And Fine
A technically proficient, matinee time waster, but not the palpable, clammy palmed geopolitical nightmare that could have been. It trades not on curre ..
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Its hard to fathom that theres really two different crews whove managed to equate cult classic with needs a remake.
But in their stupidity lies their appeal, and in the case of this new version, its appeal might creep up on you.
The problem is that its basically kind of dull and doesnt amount to anything.
Good kids and bad kids, I admire a film with the balls to do that.
A right wing fantasy writ large, the premise would be intriguing if it wasnt so patently absurd.
Though Bradley serves up the occasional sliver of mildly amusing action, it mostly comes in fits and starts, rendered largely forgettable by the total ..
Now comes the remake, and what was silly fun is just plain dumb this time.
A profound and bruising study of a country whose long suffering inhabitants are cowed into incommunication by various forms of repressive dictatorship ..
Was anybody out there clamoring for a remake of Red Dawn Show of hands Anybody
Its rubbish . . . and its sheer chutzpah makes it insulting as well!
Scifi Movie Page
This is a strong piece of filmmaking from Lee, an exquisite bit of eye candy that examines the power of God and religion in a sharp and confident mann ..
Its just too bad that the filmmakers trade emotion and relationships for nonsensical firefights.
But as a piece of entertainment fluff, it wasnt anything special.
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MGM looked at the original formula and decided that if it was going to upgrade just one ingredient, it would be the quality of the explosions.
The back story of the making and release of Red Dawn is more interesting than the movie.
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In the wake of the Oscars, we have an early contender for worst film of the year.
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Unfortunately unexciting remake of the 1984 junk culture cult classic about a bunch of American teens who fight back after America is invaded by Commu ..
Maybe thats why the Wolverines dont include a Korean American character.)
In trading Miliuss jingoist conviction for brotherly friction the remake has little reason for being.
Kudos to screenwriters Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore who deliver a script that is a spot on 21st century update with a more than plausible scenar ..
The number one complaint about the 1984 film is that it was a blatant right wing fantasy.This film is more about gee whiz, could this really happen
Here, however, whats happening feels like a pilot for a derivative TV series, with predictable emotional beats layered in between spurts of action and ..
The concept is, undeniably, ridiculous, and the plotholes plentiful if one cares to look.
The picture was based on a brand name instead of a heartfelt original tale.
Although I was sucked into this film for a good 45 minutes, the story keeps letting you down with its lack of cohesion or logic.
With any luck this will be the spanner that finally jams up the works of Hollywoods dangerously overcranked 80s remake Wurlitzer.
Little White Lies
... the new Red Dawn feels like a surface level photocopy with all of the problems of the first film and none of the accidental, seen in the rearview ..
The only plus side is that this does tell a story of the underdog and they are always relatively good fun, but Bradley fails to truly get to grips wit ..
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The whole point of Red Dawn is to blow up a lot buildings, shoot off a lot of bullets, and prove, once and for all, that jocks, sluts, nerds, and ever ..
As Martin Scorsese and Lawrence of Arabias Oscar winning editor Anne V Coates remind us in the new industry in transition documentary Side By Side, so ..
It isnt.We know it, MGM knew it, hell, the North Koreans know it.
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Are they scared, determined, ambivalent The movie doesnt bother to go there.
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And its a practically a nostalgic masterpiece compared to this misguided remake.
Even though it is a remake and everyone involved has tried to modernize the film and story, Red Dawn feels like an old fashioned, out of touch movie.
The new Red Dawn is a simplified, dumbed down version of the 1984 original. Gone are the few political nuances Milius peppered through his script.
There is only one of you, and it is your uniqueness that will always set you apart as an actor and as an individual.Embracing your individuality is wh ..
Unfortunately, post 9/11, an invasion seems more plausible than it did in 1984.
Atlantic City Weekly
Otherwise, though, its a fun piece of escapism thanks mainly to the talents of Hemsworth.
If your film choices are dictated by what is in the $2 pile at Blockbuster, I imagine this kind of easily justified pro war sentiment would go down a ..
Notably, this wretched remake sat on the shelves for about a couple of years before the movie studio salvaged it in hopes of capitalizing on the ham f ..
Bradley wants to take the approach of putting the audience right in the action, but shoots it in a way like hes running with the camera following the ..
Jeffreyklyles Word Press
... intricately designed to not offend any subset of its audience. Its as impotent as Milius original was ballsy, and despite a brief running time and ..
But a new Red Dawn could have been so much more fun had it thrown a properly out of bounds tea party.
Time Out Chicago
Yet another awful, flag waving, post War on Terror guilt reassignment picture.
Equally as stupid as the original, but it runs about 30 minutes shorter, which is nice.
The dialogue is hackneyed and the performances are Power Rangers esque, and the script hews too close to the dramatic turns of the original, without m ..
Because I Told You So
As it is, Red Dawn is at best the cinematic equivalent of a voting day robocall to people who are susceptible to nailbiting, apocalyptic paranoia even ..
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