BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL

By cydnio
Written August 31, 2014
I don't know what the critics are whining about - like usual they have bombed an excellent and entertaining movie. I liked this better than the original - it's updated and more believable. A fun ride - I saw it twice. I do agree with one viewer here who complained about the shaky camera work - mounting a camera on somebody's head then having them go running through the woods just makes me carsick. I had to take dramamine to watch this movie. However, I loved it enough to go back!
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Remake of existing movie

By Koatree
Written September 16, 2014
This movie was poorly deleloped when compared with the original although the special effects were better. The movie left too many unanswered questions and many of the incidents were unrealistic. Russia and North korea invading the US? Red China I would believe but North Korea an Russia lack a sufficient population for the task.
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A good adaptation and update of a personal favorite

By RKCH
Written September 16, 2014
I saw the first one when it premiered in the early 1980's and it has been one of my favorites. I was curious to see what they might do with the premise. It was very entertaining. Chris Hemsworth was great as Jed and Adrianne Palicki as Toni were excellent. Brett Cullen was awesome as Ted Eckert, the father of Jed and Matt- he did a lot with a very small role. Josh Peck was not particularly outstanding as Matt - he looked way too young next to Hemsworth and lacked the conviction. The whole "gotta rescue Erica" subplot was distracting. Josh Hutcherson as Robert was a bit wasted - either make him the tech guru with significant contribution or let him go stark raving mad like C. Thomas Howell did in the original. The updating required due to technology and warfare changes was generally well done. It is too bad they did not release it with the Chinese as the bad guys as filmed - a foreign policy "bow" they did not need to make.
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Terrible

By j04beats
Written November 23, 2013
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A father and 12 yr old son movie

By exp93
Written July 31, 2014
Or if your date is in love with the star of this movie take her on date night. Otherwise, i saw the original and it was better. This move was not bad its just we have seen all this before. The good points are the main hearthrob in the movie is good. Real good...when he was on i was into it. When he was not on i kept thinking these are elite soldiers against kids and well you know...i saw it for free i walked out of the Collection...see that review..good luck
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