Written November 23, 2012
It was so-so, the premise was kind of far fetched. Why would they attack Seattle?
The acting was okay but the characters never seemed to fully embrace their roles
Any age would be fine
Written November 27, 2012
Is this a great movie? No, not by a long shot but it's very enjoyable on its own terms. A good actionerr . The critics hate it based on their political agenda. There's even a scene where the occupiers are making a public appearance and saying the how the people should be grateful since they saved us from corrupt capitalists and Wall St. Exactly what we just finished hearing during the campaign just ended and OWS before that. Can't beat that class warfare and the politics of envy.
Would I have preferred the producers hadn't wussed out and renamed the enemy from the Red Chinese to N Korea? Sure. It might have been even more interesting (and plausible) to make the invaders UN troops but that would have meant a longer exposition and setup.
The flick may jolt some young products of our government schools but I though the movie was every bit as (im)plausible than movies like Lions for Lambs or Rendition. And a heck of a lot more action.
It might even recruit future Marines. S/F
Written November 24, 2012
Lots of potential in this cast but it was thoroughly wasted on a BAD screenplay adaptation of one of the best action scenarios of the 1980s. The testament to this truth is about as far away as Netflix or your local video source. The value of the original is not threatened or diminished by this remake, neither is the remake itself anachronistic, since this flavor’s been finely sliced and diced, politically corrected and delivered like pabulum for the "Scott Pilgrim" generation's violence diet. They should be righteously insulted by such condescension and pandering. Not much else to say here except next time they bring all this fine young talent together, how about giving them respect by providing them decent material? They're up to it and so is their audience. If you like the faces see this for a discount if you can. It's a stretch at ten bucks a seat.
Written November 22, 2012
I am a huge fan of the original so I was very skeptical about this new version, in my mind I knew there were going to screw it up..
After seeing it last night I have to say honestly,, it was better than the original ! ..
It's so full of sitting on the edge of your seat action , a few one liners, and a few wow moments
If you liked the first one you will love this one.. don't miss it
Written November 25, 2012
As far as remakes go, not too great. They changed a lot of story elements from the original. HOWEVER, they did very good adapting the America Invaded scenario to modern times and showed us a completely plausible way it could happen. I loved how they showed the strategy and thinking behind the action scenes. The acting was good, but nothing special. Josh Peck, Chris Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson held their own just fine. They're great actors but I feel they were extremely limited with the editing and direction of this film. Honestly I felt the entire film was limited by pushing it to a pg13 audience. Way too mature of matters to simply dumb down for a targeted audience. This felt more like the game Homefront than Red Dawn. But at the end of the day, it was good for it was. Though it did leave me wanting more (the ending came way to quick for my taste. It should have been longer and easily could have been.) But hey, the action is solid and the movie will keep your attention. It's good.