Written November 26, 2012
I liked it! I'd recommend seeing it. It's not the original, much more urban combat. And it's more action oriented where the original was more dramatic tension. That's not to say it's bad, I wasn't disappointed (But keep in mind that I set my expectations really low; I feel you have to whenever you see a remake.)
I could see quite easily the original characters being in these kind of situations. The names were the same. The characters were similar. There was enough different that it wasn't predictable. Oh, and the invasion actually began at dawn, which made more sense considering the title. :D
Written November 23, 2012
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 November 23, 2012
Like the first Red Dawn, this one is inspiring with a lot of action. I enjoyed it even though I couldnt' figure out how the bad guys, the North Koreans, could have invaded the north west coast and taken over? I understand Russia and/or China doing that but North Korea? I guess they couldn't use Islam or Russia as the primary villians.
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 August 27, 2014
I'll have to say I started this movie not really liking it, but when the whole thing finally got started I was hooked. Don't let the beginning make you leave trust me it gets better