Red Dawn

The original Red Dawn, released in 1984, was unabashedly a product of its time – a Cold War-era reactionary product. In the remake hitting theaters now (after going into production in 2009), the film feels not only woefully outdated, but like the result of a heavily pro-war Tea Party conservative’s wet dream. Logic is tossed out the window, along with the film’s originally shot villainous nation; this version originally replaced the Soviet Union with China, only to change the country to North Korea in post-production. The main reason one can assume this is getting a release is the involvement of two actors who’ve become much bigger in recent years, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games). Hemsworth’s acting suggests that sticking with Thor for as long as possible is a good game plan, but Hutcherson is charming in a limited role. Josh Peck, who’s mostly known for his role on the Nickelodeon program Drake & Josh, unfortunately overshadows both in screen time. Peck is, in a word, abysmal. His presence as the lead makes the nearly two-hour runtime feel like it’s approaching three. Anyone choosing to see this film should leave their brain checked at the theater entrance.

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