Red Dawn is a remake of a 1984 movie about a group of teens who got together to fight an army of invaders. It has the same amount of coming-of-age emotions and patriotic swagger that made the first movie popular during the time of its release.
Chris Hemsworth plays Jed, the leader of the pack. He is the only one with military training. He is joined by Matt (Josh Peck), Robert (Josh Hutcherson), and Toni (Adrianne Palicki). Their combat training includes playing video games and several hunting trips. But despite their lack of experience, the young ones manage to annoy the invading army and become the symbol for those who resist the invasion.
Red Dawn is criticized for suggesting that North Korea can assemble an army large enough to invade the United States. But it is just a movie and anything can happen. We already saw alien invaders destroy Southern California in Battle: Los Angeles and critics didn’t call it absurd.
Going back to Red Dawn, it is about a band of brothers who rise up to the occasion when pushed to a corner. Director Dan Bradley gives it a steady dose of action sequences. He only stops the action so that he can showcase the humanity of the characters.
Hemsworth does not carry Thor’s Hammer in Red Dawn but he still has a menacing presence on the big screen. He is one of the most appealing action heroes today. His supporting cast is also good, especially Palicki who plays his love interest.
Director Bradley got the essence of the original movie and injected some freshness into it to make a nostalgic journey for fans of the original and an action-packed flick for those who haven’t seen it. Red Dawn feels like it should have been released in summer but it can still do good in the box office this holiday season.