“Red Dawn”, the remake of the 1984 movie with the same name, failed to impress the audience. The movie seems to have missed its mark as the plot falls short from providing an actual relevant hook.
The remake finally made it to theaters following years of delays determined by financial struggles and plot related issues, namely choosing a relevant central villains. In 1984 the isolated group of teenagers fight off an appropriately enough Cold War fallout Russian invasion. According to LA Times, the current version of the movie’s choice of North Koreans as the enemies fails to engage the audience in a plausible uproar against the new forces aiming to take over the United States.
Dan Bradley’s “Red Dawn” seems to be lacking even in the action sequences department. The debuting director manages to either end certain scenes too roughly or without a pertinent outcome, or to rush through moments that could have been crucial for the plot development if properly pursued.
Critics seems to agree on only one aspect as actually memorable in the entire remake. Both USA Today and New York Times give merit to Josh Hutcherson and Chris Hemsworth’s performances, as part of the teenager resistance group consisting almost entirely of a high school football team members led by an Iraqi War veteran.
Another issue we can’t help but raise concerns the insurgent group’s coping mechanisms which are never really addressed. Are they scared, being separated from their families in the mists of a North Korean invasion? Are they determined to learn to fight like black ops over night and make a stand? Are they ambivalent maybe? They might know, but we definitely have no clue.
All in all the remake seems to be in search of its moment, unable to fully commit to an actual stand, may that be patriotism, anti-corporate anger or revolutionary radicalism and utterly unfocused.