Well.. I may as well say right now. Go and watch the 1980s original right now, and don't waste your time with this remake, re-imagining or however Hollywood wants to paint the excuse for this movie.
In the last couple weeks I have re watched the new Nightmare on Elm Street and now the new Red Dawn. And neither seem but a pale comparison to their originators.
As for Red Dawn, I was thinking that if they stuck close to the original. And just had the new cast of up and coming Hollywood youth. New special effects, and updated backdrops. We could have a cool little action movie like the original. How far off the mark could that be.
As I was watching this movie, I was thinking they up to this point already... As has seemed to become typical the whole thing seemed like they took the best pieces of the original and strung them all together with big explosions and guns. And called it a day. In this version I didn't care about any of the characters. And none of them seemed to have any time to sink in to you while you were watching it.
One thing that stands out is how in the original they were running low on food and water, and were taking to raiding convoys to the point that the Invaders would poison the food to try and get to the 'Wolverines' The only point of that I recall from the new one. Is their 'accidental' raid on a.. Subway.
I just didn't feel the tension, the camaraderie or the plight of the Wolverines like the original. And moving it from a small rural town to basically an urban environment just didn't click with me at all.
Skip this entirely and go back and rent the original.
After watching both trailers here together, they both look good. And you would think the new version would be an awesome update. But once again, it seems to be an example of Hollywood making a kick ass trailer for what turns out to be a bad movie. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was probably the best part of the movie, and he wasn't as good as Powers Booth from the original.
So there you have it.
1 Star out of 5
Barely a rental