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.
Where was the heart?
So the Red Dawn remake wasn't horrible. It wasn't great either but it still held some interest for this die hard fan of the original. Several major changes that worked ok and some that just left me scratching my head and wondering why the hell they made that choice. What really seemed to be missing for me was the heart of the original. Stuff blows up real good in the remake and there are some nice jingoistic speeches but I just can't care bout Hemsworth and Peck the way I did about Swayze and Sheen. Overall, the remake was pretty surface and I don't know if the film was fully fleshed out enough for a new audience only because I know the original backwards and forwards. Two notes: Josh Peck is a pretty awful actor here and the editor in me could not help but be distracted by the glaringly obvious replacement of China with North Korea. Got taken out of the film every time a far too crisp North Korean flag showed up somewhere.
So, I'll leave you with the trailer for the original and encourage you to check out the remake once it makes its way to DVD/Blu-Ray. WOLVERINES!!!