A group of young U.S. patriots wage guerrilla warfare against the invading military that's taken over their small town in this remake of the 1984 Cold War classic starring Patrick Swayze. Their friends and neighbors taken as prisoners of war, the students arm themselves, flee into the nearby woods to organize a counterattack, and strike back at the enemy using home-field advantage. Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star.~Jason Buchanan
I am a big fan of the original red dawn, written and directed by john milius. It's setting and the eclectic cast made it a movie to remember, even though is was panned as jingoistic by the liberal media critics. The remake is more polished, but loses something by being based in a city rather than the more rural area. In addition, the way the older brother is killed is a bringdown compared to the original ending, where you are not really sure what happens to the character. The other thing about the original is the tremendous cast of character actors playing ancillary roles, like William Smith, Powers Boothe, Harry Dean Stanton, Ben Johnson, Ron O'Neal, Roy Jenson and Vladek Sheybal, the all-time communist bad guy.
This is a very good remake of a 1980's action movie. They changed the enemy and some of the story line. I like the new story line and comraderie that is formed during the movie. I think the end finishes with a great Patriotic tone and leaves you wanting more but surprisingly satisfied! Excellent picture and sound quality!
While not completely orignial story, it's nicely updated. The casting was good and the plot moved effectively. The ending left a bit to be desired and was so open ended a sequel is needed to really bring the story full circle. Without a sequel (or even 30 more minutes), the overall film is just okay.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
This was an okay movie, but would not watch it again would not recommend.
For a remake, this movie was a great twist on the story. Took me right in and before I knew it the movie was over. No long drawn out boring parts, made me feel for the characters. Must add to your collection.