Red Dawn – Review
A remake of the 80′s classic Red Dawn is a film about an invasion of North America by North Korea and a small vigilante unit The Wolverines who are hellbent on upsetting the new regime threatening their freedom.
Launching almost instantly into the invasion the film does not take a lot of time to set up a coherent back story and is very much devoid of a strong story line because of this. Red Dawn is an action film for action’s sake and it relies on the aesthetics of its young and beautiful cast, including Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, and never ending stream of explosions to entertain.
The film ping-pongs between adrenaline fuelled action scenes and ‘intimate’ moments of painful dialogue which despite being false actually veer into being amusing on quite a few occasions. That being said as the film moves on it does so at quite a fast pace and there are a few moments that attempt to beef up the storyline but it just feels like it’s too little too late.
However, thanks to the relentless action and impressive special effects it’s hard to get bored when watching, the dialogue scenes that punctuate the film do not outstay their welcome and the only moment where I found myself wanting to check my watch a massive curveball was thrown in and I found myself sucked in again.
The real issue with Red Dawn is the characters seem generic and their motivations too obvious and flimsy. Never really understanding what they were doing and why they were doing it makes the film feel more like a replay of a video game than a movie.
Is Red Dawn the best film ever made? Definitely not. If you are however looking for a tongue in cheek action film and a pleasing assault on the senses, this is for you.
Red Dawn is released this Friday, 15th March in the UK