In the day and age of remakes and reboots I was surprisingly not surprised by the remake of the 1984 classic Red Dawn. I don’t know, I just thought that it wasn’t too popular in its day or had any kind of demand here in 2012. Not once have I heard someone say, “Man, remember Red Dawn? That movie was the shiz. They should remake that.” Well, even without demand here it is.
1984’s version was inspired by the aftermath of the Red Scare where the US of A was scared crap-less of nuclear bombs, communism and the Soviet Union’s ever present threat. 2012’s version is focused on one of the “axis of evil,” North Korea. I actually heard that they were going to feature China but because of the country’s influential movie going audience the antithesis was switched to North Korea. I think we would have a more realistic and frightening if China were included but what can you do?
The original cast consisted of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson. This new edition includes the ever popular Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck and Isabel Lucas. In my opinion, it’s a promising cast but I hope they can achieve the realism and coolness that the original had.
What are your thoughts? Are you excited or do you groan at another remake?