‘Red Dawn’ Trailer: More All-American Action, Less Drama

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2012 at 2:58 pm,

The trailer for the long-delayed Red Dawn remake is here, and it immediately establishes a different tone from that of the 1984 original. Outlined with some young faces that have since risen to stardom – Chris Hemsworth (Thor 2/Avengers), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe 2), Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2) – and others about to break into stardom – Josh Peck (ATM), and Tom Cruise’s adopted son, Connor Cruise – Red Dawn (2012) looks like a gritty, high-octane, action-over-substance re-imagining of the ’80s version.

For those unfamiliar, Red Dawn (1984) told the story of high school teens living in a small Colorado town that is, without warning, overrun by an invading army. With their parents and guardians all trapped in internment camps (or worse), a group of teens (led by Pactrick Swayze’s character, Jed Eckert) abscond into the woods and form a rebel group called “The Wolverines,” named after their high school mascot.

The Soviet threat has been updated for the remake; the new Wolverines will face the threat of a North Korean strike force. As you can see in the trailer, Red Dawn could be well worth the wait – at least, for action fans. Stunt coordinator Dan Bradley will be making his directorial debut with this remake, but his resume (Bourne 2, 3 & 4; Spider-Man 2 & 3) is perfect explanation for the abundance of action sequences, gunfire, and explosions glimpsed in that trailer.

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While the new Red Dawn could indeed stand to improve the action quotient of the original, the ’84 version was also bolstered by some great character arcs and drama delivered by actors like Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey and Lea Thompson – not to mention Superfly himself, Ron O’Neal, as the nefarious Colonel Ernest Bella. Does this new cast have the acting chops to convey the hardship of war and freedom-fighting, as shouldered by teens? Hemsworth and Hutcherson have proven they do – the others…

Like the recent Total Recall remake, there’s a chance that what we’ll get with Red Dawn is another bang and flash special effects adrenaline rush, which (while superficially enjoyable) is totally devoid of the essence of what made the original so enjoyable in the first place. Of course, for some, hearing Thor proclaim that youngsters must fight for their freedom will be rousing enough to make the over-the-top action even more effective and worthwhile.

Red Dawn will finally be in theaters on November 21, 2012.

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  1. I don’t remember the dialogue in the original being so lame, cliche and derivative.

  2. *Groans*

    This is going straight to the purgatory.

    • //Agree

  3. Looks like a good popcorn flick. Won`t be like the original with the drama and characterization but still, I will watch it. I am from Canada but U.S.A! U.S.A! lol.

    • @Denny

      Hey, if things like this go down in North America, Canadians should know that we’ll have your back! ;-)

  4. I rember as A kid I saw the first Red Dawn in the theatre. I came away from it so puffed up I wanted to beat up the first russian I saw(didn’t happen). Also one humours story out of the orignal. They were transporting one of the russian tanks on A flatbed truck. They were pulled over by local police,the FBI was called in. And the production company had to produce all the paperwork to keep it from being impounded.

  5. The original was a load of Reaganite claptrap that dehumanised the Russians and painted America as some blameless democracy to be conquered by the red hordes.

    So now the slavs have been replaced with a Sino-Pacific enemy (most probably China or North Korea)who have a secret weapon that disables the command infrastructure of the US Military (perhaps a computer virus?), but it still smacks of right-wing nonsense, with ghastly dialogue – ‘to them this is just some place (obviously not if they want to invade and risk the most terrible retailiation since the second world war)… but to us it’s home’. Puh-leeease! Still, it’ll play well in the RED states.

    • I watched the orginal Red Dawn when I was still on active duty, as a movie I thought it was ok. Now we have a remake with the North Koreans as the bad guys… ok I can accept that. In as much as the Chinese took great offense to being made to look bad. In the orginal movie there was one guy who I take to being a liberal democrat because he being the mayor and all,,,cooperated with the enemy and thus held on to what scraps of authority he could muster. Im courious if there is a like type individual in the new movie. Same type democrat ready to cooperate and give up his neighbors and perhaps a few secrets to be shared with the North Koreans. I think …oh heck I could name a passel full of real life democrats who could fill that part to a T.

  6. I may be the only one who thinks this but I thought the original did a good job of exploring the issues of the Cold War and the cost of what would happen with an invasion or with war, particularly involving high schoolers and teenagers.

    It explored the loss of innocence, loss of life, and questioned the purposes of war or invasion specifically to the Cuban officer who allowed Jed and his brother to leave the base. So to me it wasn’t a propaganda film but an attempt to explore the harsh realities of war and give a sense of perspective what many other children/teens go through in severe war torn countries.

    Of course…I could be reading way too much into it.

  7. I hope it is good. The original is one of my favorite war movies of all time!

  8. This doesnt have the heart of the original. I can tell through the trailer. It will be a rental for me. The original is still a great time piece film.

  9. i’ll see it, but only at matinee price
    looks ok

  10. In a way, this movie is going to be utterly ridiculous, not only because N Korea would never be able to invade us, but also if they somehow did anyway, we would instantly collapse in heaps, overcome by the hilarity of a bunch of N Korean soldiers with pins in their collars, riding the waves on their little plumped up faux missile-balloons…

    • It frightens me that there are American’s who feel North Korea could, or would never attack the USA. You have a false sense of security if that’s truly how you feel.

      As mind boggling as it may be to some, this could very well happen, only the weapons of choice would not provide a chance for most to fight back.

  11. I cant wait to see this movie it looks like something that the familys around will love. Just shows the respect of familys and what they will do for one another. Only think about it is I feel that the reason behind it shows how the world will end. I mean in the Bible it says the world will end in fire. Which twist around to the fire of off guns and weapon which means war!