Screenplay by: Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore
Directed by: Dan Bradley
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck & Josh Hutcherson
I don’t know what to think about this. I’m all for teenage boys going nuts and killing people, but this was a bit iffy.
First of all, it is a completely different film to the original Red Dawn. In the original film, you had a bunch of kids using true guerilla tactics – hiding out, striking from a distance, hiding again. In this film, the kids routinely enter the town and walk openly among the occupied citizens. In the original film, the town was completely taken over by the invading forces – everything was effectively liquidated, and restructured around the invading force’s goals. Here, a Subway store remains open. Hell, you wouldn’t even know the town had been conquered if not for all the posters. There seemed to be no reason for the invaders to even be there.
Also, the original featured Jennifer Grey in a hole under the floor. In the remake, there was no opportunity to say “Nobody keeps Baby under a trapdoor.”
That said, I still enjoyed the remake. It was absurd, completely unbelievable, but still kind of fun. Oh, and Josh Hutcherson put in the worst performance of his life so far, which was giggle-worthy.