Yahoo! Movies has released the trailer for Red Dawn, veteran stunt coordinator Dan Bradley’s debut feature, and a remake of the 1984 John Mulius cult classic. The original starred Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and Harry Dean Stanton, and their 21st century counterparts are Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki and Isabel Lucas.
At The Reel Bits, we don’t just post trailers, we review them too. Check out our thoughts after viewing the trailer below.
The heartland of America is under fire, and only one Australian can save it. We do have all that Tomorrow When the War Began experience after all.
It has been several years coming, with principal photography beginning all the way back in September 2009. The controversy since the wrap was around the idea of invading Chinese forces, but now that we are all friends – there’s a Shanghai Disneyland due to open in December 2015, for chrissakes – international sales have demanded that the invaders are North Korean. Of course, they can’t simply be good at war, because Americans have the dominance in that field. Instead, they have a “new class of weapon”. Luckily, the boys have American know-how, and a genuine survivor of The Hunger Games is Josh Hutcherson.
Fans of the original film will immediately notice that the scale of the film has change, with a giant CG battle taking place over the town, destroying an enemy plane and a house in the process. Can we really have a war against the reds without Patrick Swayze? We can also look forward to Josh Peck being booted off a top-rating sitcom in 25 years, coining the phrase “Wolverineblood”.
The bottom line is…Wolverines! It may be a cliche, it may be a remake but this trailer has all the ingredients for a fourth quarter blockbuster.
Bits Rating: ★★★½