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Wednesday 21 November 2012

Red Dawn

What was I just saying about remakes?  What do I always say about remakes?  Is it better to remake a bad movie than to remake a good movie, badly?  

Isn't there another movie that was just released not called Red Dawn that is really Red Dawn with a different title?

I saw the original Red Dawn.  It was a more serious version of the movie from the 1960's "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming."  That one was freaking hilarious.  Similar premise only funny because the idea of a foreign army conducting a full out ground attack on the United States is as ridiculous as the United Kingdom banning football (that's soccer to we North Americans).

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a serious bad ass.  My daughter loved him in the Supernatural series and I thought he was brilliant as the sociopath, Comedian, in The Watchmen.

While Chris Hemsworth's, Thor was just okay, I liked his acting chops in Snow White and the Huntsman.  He can act and is believable in the trailer for Red Dawn.

Oh yeah, the trailer for Red Dawn...

It was nicely packaged and had the right amount of emotion and explosions.  But for some reason it made me think of a monologue by Bill Murray from the movie, Stripes:  

"We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog.  We're mutts! But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt...  All we have to do is to be the great American fighting soldier that is inside each one of us..." 

That's really what Red Dawn is, isn't it?  It's the underdog, a handful of kids led by a few soldiers that kick the collective butts of two highly trained foreign invading armies (in this case North Korean and Russian). Did these invading armies not think things through?  How silly to invade America when every citizen is a potential soldier, right?

While the biblical, David vs. Goliath theme is often present in these types of films, you really have to suspend your disbelief to accept the premise.  

I don't accept the premise and I don't care to see this remake.

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