Written November 23, 2012
This movie is offensive rehash that does the original no justice. This film did not explore the survival aspect of living under occupation at all. It was all just a rehash of the silly tricks of the old movies. One trick after another, those pesky North Koreans, and when they screamed Wolverines, it made me cringe how cheesy and dispassionate the wooden actors were.
I am sorry to say that Conner Cruise is not ready for prime time, he is as bad as Jayden Smith in that they both could be the worst up and coming actions stars to date. Keep coaching him dad, I am sure he will improve as much as you have over the last 20 years. Had to be one of the worst movies I have seen in a while, the director sucks he could not direct a cat in a paper bag.
Written September 18, 2013
This movie would've been great except for the fact that Josh Peck is the main character. They could've done so much better. I was a little disappointed.
Written December 17, 2012
While I don't think that anyone is expecting too much from this remake, you shouldn't been disappointed with it when it's over either.As far as have the meat and potatoes to a decent action movie, it has it - along with a nice patriotic punch that few movies seem to carry these days. You have your straight-up action, which is good and not too cheesy; you have your hot chicks, with Adrianne Palicki being overlooked terribly too often in this arena; and you have your poor excuse for character development. Here's where Red Dawn actually has the advantage that many recent action films have completely looked over: patriotism. This movie has a real-life, common enemy in North Korea. There's no ambiguity like Hollywood enjoys so much to do these days, trying to make good guys seem bad or vice versa. There is a clear-cut team of good guys and bad guys and it's awesome. I may never go out of my way to watch this film again, but I can guarantee that I'll sit through it years from now on TV.
Written November 25, 2012
It's a must see movie that can actually happen in real life, never know. Life are full of surprises! Very good movie, the old red dawn 84' and this one!
Written November 30, 2012
I loved the original and looked forward to seeing this movie but it simply was not as good. On it's own merrit I found the movie to be illogical, and overly simplistic and could never get "into" it. The director didn't fully develop the story line and spent too much time on relationships betwee characters which diluted the plot. I don't believe people committed to gorilla warfare, living in the forrest trying to survive could focus on anything else, like personal relationships and playing practical jokes on each other. I never felt the characters were focused on their stated objective.