People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different. In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all. Read on!
Red Dawn gets put on the “let’s remake it with bigger explosions” train. Chris Hemsworth stars.
The new Red Dawn is not a worthy remake. The original is a film that tried to say so many different things, and the new version has no interest in having an opinion on anything. With that being said, I thought it was solid. Yes, the movie is thoroughly dumb, but it has a quick pace, plenty of heroic actions, and a small handful of inspired changes that kept me entertained. If you can turn your brain off and forget the fact that it’s a remake, Red Dawn is serviceable big screen action.
When the plan is to alter the core of an original work, just change the title and don’t bother calling it a remake.