The “Red Dawn” remake premiered in theaters on Nov. 21. The film is directed by Dan Bradley and written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth and is based on the older version of the film that originally aired in 1984.
“Red Dawn” stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, and Jeffery Dean Morgan. The film tells the story of a Korean invasion on the United States, with brothers Jed (Hemsworth) and Matt (Peck) witnessing their home, family, and friends fall under the control of the Koreans. After going to the family cabin as a hideout, the brothers organize a small resistance group with fellow survivors called the “Wolverines,” named after their school’s mascot. The group begins to engage the Koreans in guerrilla warfare tactics. They are completely outnumbered by the enemy, making all of their operations more and more stressful as they become a bigger pain for the Koreans.
There really is not that much to the plot of this film. The bad guys attack, the good guys fight back; there’s nothing special about it. Like the plot, the acting is not anything special either. Josh Peck just could not be taken seriously in his role, presumably because of his Nickelodeon roots to “Drake & Josh.” Also, the film passed by way too quickly to even enjoy the storyline.
The film did, however, have some shining moments. The explosions were fun to watch; also the storyline had a few twists to it, as well. However, if you want to see something to blow your mind, then “Red Dawn” isn’t the movie for you. In summary, the story would get 3 out of 5 stars, the acting would get 2.5 out of 5 stars, and the action would get 3.5 out of 5 stars. Overall, it’s an only-if-you’re-bored type of film.