The original Red Dawn already was quite ridiculous but was one that made sense because the Cold war was still in full affect. Now they have remade this into an average action film where the fear that was present in the original is completely gone.
It's been a long time I have seen the original but I do remember liking it. The premise was a little hard to stomach but having some brat pack actors like Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell sure helped of me enjoying that film a lot more. In this remake there are no real big names. I am not sure if we could qualify Chris Hemsworth as a big name yet. But he sure is a good actor and him being part of this film did help. If only everything else would have been better. The action is enjoyable while it lasts and is definitely the main draw. But other than that there is nothing. The supposedly friction between the two brothers was as predictable as you can imagine and was a plot device that absolutely did not add drama or suspense. Most of the time I could care less about the main characters since you don't really get to know them well. Then there is the poor direction. I don't think that first time director Dan Bradley had a clue of what he was doing. But even then he could have tried to make some scenes shine. Seeing how he is a stunt coordinator originally and has worked as one in movies like The Bourne Ultimatum and The Expendables 3 you would expect much more spectacle action wise. Although maybe he wanted to and got cut off by the big time studio bosses. That part of the film industry will always be something I find curious since if these people think they could do better then why don't they do it themselves in the first place? Anyway I digress.
Point is that Red Dawn has absolutely nothing new or fun to offer. Despite it is not entirely bad. It is watchable if you manage to overlook the ridiculous premise and just view this as an action film. Keep your expectations very low and be aware that this a very forgettable film.