DVD Review: Red Dawn
I was probably 14 when I saw Patrick Swayze in the original Red Dawn. I loved the film, it was awesome. Of course, I was only 14 so please don’t hold it against me. But its from this point of view that I’m approaching the re-make that has just be released on DVD.
If you don’t know the story, it’s a little like this; North Korea invades the USA using a combination of EMP to knock out the electronically dependent US armed forces before parachuting in ground forces to take control of key locations. In one of those key locations a group of High School kids run to the hills and decide to fight back. If you’re not old enough to have seen the original, but the story-line still sounds familiar, you may have read John Marsden’s Tomorrow When The War Began or saw the recent film adaptation.
It’s a bit of a flight of fancy, but it works well as a no-brain action film.
Aimed squarely at a younger audience – albeit a more demanding audience than when I saw the original – you know the film is going to be filled with massive plot holes and plenty of roll-your-eyes moments. But whilst it doesn’t vary much from it’s source material, it does improve some aspects.
The heroes have real motivation this time round, and with the main guy being a Marine home on leave, the actual training of the High School kids doesn’t seem quite as much of a leap. Still it pays to leave the thinking part of your brain disengaged and just sit back and enjoy this perfectly good piece of Hollywood fluff.
M Violence and offensive language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read