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!
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.
Written July 23, 2014
This movie was awesome. For all the reviewers who thought this movie was crap, don't listen to them and go see it. For all those reviewers that don't like this movie due to some new type of liberalism, they must be either communists or un patriotic Americans. Don't be afraid of seeing this movie and rejoicing in your American patriotism.
Bottom line: suspend disbelief and enjoy this movie!! Opinions are like a**holes, everyone's got one and those who don't like my review, I seriously think you need to revisit what it means to be a citizen of the United States and pull your head out of your a**!
Written December 20, 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.
Written December 27, 2014
I saw the original several times throughout the years and it is right up there with it! I was a little hesitant at first with this re-make when I heard it was only 93 minutes long and the original was much longer! One thing it did is take out a lot of the dead space, meaning the boring parts! This movie is non-stop action and well worth the money to go see in the big theater! They should have used China as a realistic scenario for bad guys, I felt they were trying to be politically correct by using North Korea which seemed to me NOT so realistic with today's events.