In 1984, a group of rag-tag kids banded together to fight back against Soviet forces that had taken over their town and a third of the United States. In 2012, pretty much the same thing happens - only the enemy is now North Korea and Patrick Swayze has been replaced by Thor… er, Chris Hemsworth. And yes, this also happens to be the movie with Tom and Nicole’s son, Connor Cruise.
Sigh. This is another unnecessary remake, but in the case of ‘Red Dawn’, that doesn’t automatically equate to a bad thing. The film's concept is so strong and so choc-full of action and suspense that it’s kind of hard to screw up, remake or not.
This film was made years ago, pre-‘Thor’ and pre-‘The Hunger Games’, and it’s been sitting on a shelf ever since. One can only guess that the fact this film sports not one but two stars of two of the highest grossing films of 2012 helped it finally aquire a release date.
The cast if full of virtual unknowns (at lease at the time of shooting anyway). Connor Cruise brings nothing to the party except for a frozen indifferent facial expression (for all those curious parties out there). And Nickelodeon star Josh Drake, who plays Matt Eckert, brother to Hemsworth’s Jed - I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I don’t like him, neither as an actor nor a character. He simply lacks charisma, something that’s a must to bring to the table when you’re standing next to Hemsworth’s shining star.
It’s clear that the only push this film has is its star power with Hemsworth and Hutcherson. That's not to say that this is a bad film - but at the same time, it’s not anything interesting or special either. It’s a passable time-waster and nothing more. With so many great films out at the moment, I can’t imagine why anyone would pick ‘Red Dawn’ over any other choice.