Red Dawn: The Worthless Remake


Anyone that reads this blog knows I hate remakes. I don’t pretend. But I will give credit where credit is due – True Grit, 3:10 To Yuma, The Thing, Last House On The Left. These all brought something to the table and were worthwhile remakes. When I first heard they were remaking Red Dawn I actually thought it may actually be a good idea. With the state of the world as it is today it seemed like it was a story worth telling again. I was even excited about the fact that they were using the Chinese as the bad guys. It made sense.

That was 2009.

By the time the movie hit theaters some three years later I had lost all hope that the movie could actually be good. Why? Not because it sat on the shelf. No. That’s easily explained due to MGM’s bankruptcy issues. The reason I lost faith was that the studio decided that China was too big a movie market to use them as a villain and potentially lose millions in revenue. So, instead, they changed the villain to North Korea because it’s okay to hate them unless you’re Dennis Rodman. The movie that’s creative decisions are made by following the dollar is not a movie worth seeing.

With all that said I want to tell you that I went into the movie with an open mind. But that didn’t last long. The moment the first car chase happened I was over being nice to the movie. The movie had a promising cast, an interesting director, even some really cool stunt work. But none of that could save the movie from the studio.

You know, I would normally go on and on about how much I hated the movie but just read my Twitter feed for the 23 tweets I sent out while watching it. They’re probably more entertaining than the movie itself.

Sorry for the lazy blogging. The movie just kinda put me in a mood. I need to watch something better to get this bad taste out of my mouth. Where’s my copy of Showgirls?

1 out of 5 stars.


Are We Ever Gonna See The Remake Of Red Dawn?

A couple years ago there was talk of two hot properties that were being developed over at MGM Studios – The Cabin In The Woods and a remake of Red Dawn. Then the studio had their bankruptcy issues and had put these movies on the shelf indefinitely. Cabin was saved by Lionsgate but Dawn was not so lucky. MGM wouldn’t sell this property. Nothing is set in stone yet but the rumor is that we could likely see the movie in theaters by the holiday season.

I have a bit of a soft spot for the original. Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, and Powers Booth in a John Milius film about Russians invading our borders. It was fun and fed on the fears of our country at the time.

The remake, however, was a risky proposition. Russia had crumbled so who could take their place in this film? China, of course. Well, it was China all through shooting. But the studio felt that they were too big a movie market to piss off so they went in and digitally altered the flags and any reference to China and changed it to North Korea. This is MGM’s claim as to why the movie has yet to he released.

The movie itself may or may not pull it off. It remains to he seen. What I don’t like is that Hollywood is afraid to make a country mad because of their choice of villain. What happens if Germany becomes a force to be reckoned with again but our movies are profitable over there? Will that mean we can’t make movies about Neo-Nazis trying to destroy us? It’s bad enough we are afraid to make Middle Eastern people mad by using them as terrorists in movies after 9/11. And I’m mostly Middle Eastern. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna get offended. I understand it was Muslim extremists and not the guy running my local coffee shop. So he’s Muslim, born in the Middle East and doesn’t eat pork. That doesn’t make him a terrorist. And when a country is our enemy it is the leaders, not the people that are causing the problems.

Even though I don’t like remakes I am curious about Red Dawn. I want to see if they at least keep the tone of the film close to the original. I also want to know if the North Korea as invaders choice works for the movie or if it just seems laughable. Maybe we will find out soon. Or maybe MGM will decide that now that Kim Jong-Il is dead the movie market will open up there and they’ll change it to Australian invaders instead.