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Movie review: Red Dawn (2012)

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Movie review: Red Dawn (2012)


After North Korean military forces invade the United States, teens in a small community evade capture and begin forming a resistance movement. Unaware they are holding the front line in their area the rebels, nicknamed Wolverines, find themselves at war with the North Korean's and the local commander who is determined to erase their existence.

Chris Hemsworth (Jed), Josh Peck (Matt), Josh Hutcherson (Robert), Adrianne Palicki (Toni), Isabel Lucas (Erica), Connor Cruise (Daryl), Edwin Hodge (Danny), Brett Cullen (Tom), Alyssa Diaz (Julie), Will Yun Lee (Cho).

Red Dawn starts off with some mild character development before the invasion takes place and the film settles into a good pace. As the story evolves we are presented with the difficult struggle the teens face when learning to fight a war, along with the personal drama between them. The story matures well and wraps up neatly in the end. As a remake this one misses a few things found in the original. The intensity of the situation didn't develop as well in this one, nor were the personal relationships presented as well. At the same time, updating of the story was nicely done.

Acting was good with Hemsworth stepping into a leadership role easily. Peck delivered very well throughout the film with a nice, natural feel. Hutcherson brought his usual energy, while Palicki contributed nicely. The remainder of the cast did well, delivering fairly realistic performances throughout.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds had a solid, realistic feel with good attention to detail and consistency. Effects were nicely done and supported the film well in a reasonable manner. Dialogue was good though more could have been done to explain the invasion and build compassion for the Wolverines. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

Overall Red Dawn (2012) is a decent remake of the original despite the feel that it generates less energy. Updating of the film was nice and the result is a decent action thriller that most will likely enjoy. Watch the original for a more intense version.

With some intense violence, action, and foul language this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 11.25.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thrillers, Military Action & Adventure

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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