Last night Becky and I went to see the new movie Red Dawn at the AMC Theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at Red Dawn describes the movie as follows…
“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…”
The Review: Red Dawn is a remake of a pretty bad movie that was done about 20 years ago when America was still at odds with Russia. It wasn’t very good the first time and it was just as bad this time around. The first time around it was about a group of teenagers who took on the Russians when they showed up to take over America, hence the name Red Dawn. This time around it’s the Koreans who arrive with help from the Russians and it’s not really teenagers, but more of a army of misfits from a local town.
We didn’t go into this film with very high expectations and it delivered. We went to see it because our kids wanted to go see Pitch Perfect and we had already seen that movie and everything else at the theater. Yeah, I know – that’s pretty crazy. Anyway, this movie is not very good for several reasons. The story is lame, the characters are weak, the acting is not very good and you never really get emotionally attached to any of these characters. They even mention during the movie that it’s like they are playing Call of Duty for real, which that’s what it pretty much seemed like. I felt like I was watching kids play a video game, which if you’ve ever done is not very exciting for very long.
I wouldn’t say it’s a total don’t bother, but it’s pretty close. Becky rated it a Don’t Bother, but I’m going to give it a Rental. it’s definitely not worth the price of admission.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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