Talk about late to the party. This remake of the 1984 cult classic “Red Dawn” has been sitting on the shelf since 2010. MGM’s bankruptcy issues forced a number of its releases to be put on hold until its recent bailout early this year. In the meantime, its cast has gone through quite a career path. Main star Chris Hemsworth is of course now a big name thanks to his breakthrough roles in “Thor” and “The Avengers”. He also had the same thing happen to him on another of his movies, “The Cabin In The Woods”, which saw a release back in April this year (read Electroshadow’s review here). Watching this trailer, it’s interesting to note that his American accent is pretty spotty, since this was one of his first non-Aussie roles at the time it was shot. Josh Hutcherson’s star has also been on the rise, with his appearance in this year’s franchise starter “The Hunger Games”. So it looks like things might work out for this movie after all.
The delays were also due in part to sensitivities over the villains, who were previously the mainland Chinese army. Now, after some pricey post-production work to change flags and insignia in the completed film, the baddies have been made the North Koreans. It doesn’t change the fact that this movie is jingoistic propaganda of the highest order. I can already picture Yank rednecks chanting “USA! USA!” during screenings. Still, this does look like it could be fun, with action choreography-turned-director Dan Bradley orchestrating the mayhem.
Here’s the official synopsis: “In the remake of the cult classic from 1984, an American city awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.”
“Red Dawn” premieres 21st November.