Synopsis: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Thoughts: Remaking 1984’s Red Dawn is an interesting move. The original dealt with Russians invading America and how a band of teenagers went from high school quarterbacks and prom queens to militant defenders of US soil. I watched it again recently and while it has an interesting slant, it’s very much a product of its time. The remake changes the villain from Soviet forces to North Korean soldiers but keeps the rest of the premise intact. Like the original, it’s clearly a film that will have a strong patriotic message amidst bloodshed of the innocent. I’m not crazy about the hodge-podge nature of the cast (I’m sure Connor Cruise got this job on his own merits and not because we know his dad as Tom) or the overall feeling that there really wasn’t a need to remake this in the first place.