Movies You Shouldn’t Be Watching: Red Dawn
Hmmm, so, the movie Red Dawn is a remake. It originally starred the late Patrick Swayze and was apparently a decent film (1984). The original’s popularity led some to believe that this “updated” version wouldn’t be absolutely terrible. But, sadly, it was. It was an hour and a half of hilarity and awkward moments. It was riddled with family drama and poor decision-making coupled with serendipitous moments that really made no sense at all. And while I hope heartthrob Chris Hemsworth never sees this because he is gorgeous and I’d love to stay in his good graces, his role at the top of the cast left much to be desired.
Okay, so we went to see Red Dawn because we love going to the movies. We caught a matinee and paid a whopping twelve bucks. And, I’d say that wasn’t terribly out of sync with the estimated return on watching the movie. I won’t spoil it for you here but I’ll give you the gist of the experience.
In the film, Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) is visiting home between terms in Iraq. Due to family issues affecting his dad (Brett Cullen) and his younger brother Matt (Josh Peck), he hasn’t been home in a while and the relationship between the young men is strained. The action begins relatively quickly when Korean soldiers start literally landing on people’s Cadillacs and whatnot. And, somehow, the Korean forces (joined with Russia and a few other really scary sounding countries) take over the coastal areas…of the US…by simply turning off all the lights…with some kind of ginormous light turn-er off-er…This was when we started asking questions.
The rest of the movie depicts this family and a few other high school students on the run from the Korean military who, for some reason, are really focused on them. They never quite explained why the kids were such a focal point in the movie but they were nonetheless.They basically go around creating mayhem until a climax when they kill a bunch of Korean soldiers and steal an important piece of equipment. It was definitely a stretch but I think they could have pulled it off with a little more effort.
In terms of the acting, Hemsworth and Peck (aside from looking nothing alike) just didn’t seem like brothers. Honestly, they didn’t seem like friends. They seemed like two actors getting paid a lot to stand around together on set. Peck’s character, Matt, was belligerent and reticent about virtually everything. And even after seeing countless people die, he just couldn’t figure out how to shut up and listen. Hemsworth’s character, though ruggedly handsome, seemed distant and disconnected. Their lack of chemistry made the film hard to watch.
The supporting cast was really no better. They delivered lines like it was a middle school showing of Taming of the Shrew. And, there were a host of purely stupid moments that led me to believe that this movie was purely made to give Hemsworth another leading role. There were high school style romances and loving moments. But, in all, there was nothing there that you wouldn’t expect to see. And, there was nothing unique about the delivery.
If you’re at the theater and you’ve seen everything else, I say, look for something else before settling on this. If there is nothing else to see, try something else anyway. I would have preferred to get this on Netflix.
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