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'Red Dawn' Trailer Ramps Up Middle-American Pride

The Red Dawn remake is one that I'm still a little surprised has finally seen the light of day.  It was filmed in 2009 originally, but ended up getting buried due to a combination of MGM's financial trouble and perceived negative reactions from China.  Now, the film has resurfaced after reshoots changed the villains from China to North Korea.  We're still waiting to see just how smoothly that transition goes, but now we've been given a trailer.  Check it out after the jump.



It's.....ok.  Some of the action looks pretty exciting, certainly much more so than the pretty boring original.  But, the message seems too one dimensional.  For all of the original's problems, at least it brought some deeper issues, like loss of innocence.  But, I already feel like I've seen everything meaningful that I'll get in the final film.

Red Dawn is set for a 2012 release date and stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Reader Comments (3)

I watched the original the other day, and I don't remember Swayze's character being a marine, like Hemsworth is in this one. I was a little disappointed in that story wise for this remake. It's hard to believe these kids in the remake are in high school.

Friday, August 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

It's hard for me to believe these kids become fighters and can survive. Making Hemsworth a Marine at least gives it some believability as to where they get their military skills from. The techno angle of the invaders using an EMP bomb to defeat defenses is interesting and that they're only initially taking PART of the country. It may make an interesting "what if" trifle, but it still squanders a lot of topical potential over lazy remake making.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

Good point. Weapons training was definitely something the Wolverines lacked in the first movie, other than the brothers hunting experiences.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

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