We all know it’s possible for a remake to be far worse than an already bad original movie. But whoever greenlit the god-awful "Red Dawn" updating should probably have his or her head examined. There is nothing new here offered that makes good on the 1984 film about terrorists invading the town of Spokane, Washington.
At least "Red Dawn" from the 80’s has two known trivia facts: it’s the very first film that was rated PG-13 to be released, and was the big screen debut of Charlie Sheen. Last year’s (2012) "Red Dawn" will go down in history as another in a long line of unnecessary remakes.
Hunky Chris Hemsworth ("Thor," "Cabin in the Woods"), looking as wooden as ever, leads the pack of Wolverines this time around. He and his younger brother (Josh Peck) are amazed one morning to find North Korean paratroopers, CGI’d in of course, flying overhead and brought to attack their town. They band together with fellow friends and form the attacking Wolverines, named after their local football team.
This simple plot is stretched out to a lugubrious 90 minutes of torture...battles are fought, tough words are spoken between characters (who, of course, do dumb things), and the viewer wishes Charlie Sheen would show up in a cameo to save the day. Shot back in 2009, "Red Dawn" 2012 should’ve stayed in the movie vaults.
The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of "Red Dawn" contains nary a special feature to speak of.
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack