Red Dawn premiered this weekend at Fantastic Fest in Austin, and let's just say the CGI attacking North Koreans in the clip below will let you know how well it went over. Yeah, if it hadn't been for Chris Hemsworth's Thor and Josh Hutcherson's Hunger Games, this would've lingered on the shelf much longer.
Once again, Red Dawn is that remake of a great film that didn't need to be remade, especially like this. I'd had my suspicions that the only reason why this was seeing the light of day after having been made several years ago, was the sudden career thrust for both Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. This is the second film Hemsworth has brought back, the other being Joss Whedon's The Cabin In the Woods, a far more superior film than this Red Dawn remake. Even changing the villains from Chinese to North Koreans did nothing to salvage the really bad CGI.
For anyone expecting to something half as good as the original will be sadly disappointed. I highly recommend renting or buying the original as that's a much better investment than a movie ticket to this thing. Save that ticket for Thor 2: The Dark World, a much better Chris Hemsworth movie.
A reader sent us a great behind the scenes clip from the original Red Dawn movie which you'll find below featuring the stars from the much more deserving film.
[callout title=Red Dawn 2012 Movie Synopsis]In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state 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.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Brett Cullen, Matt Gerald, Will Yun Lee, Michael Beach, and Connor Cruise.
Directed By: Dan Brdley