Abstracticality’s first American war film review, Red Dawn (2012). General public and critical reviews are terrible, but I’m not quite sure why that it is…
The plot: Set in a normal, average town, life is “business as usual”, well…until an invasion by North Korea that is. We observe Jed (Chris Hemsworth) and Matt Eckert (Josh Peck) discover the invasion one morning just by walking out of their house. Quick to react, they jump in a truck and get a move on. Along their travel they pick up some of Matt’s friends, and later encounter some others they know. Hiding away from the chaos, the group eventually decides that they aren’t going to give in to the North Korean takeover, and that fighting back is their answer. The group is small compared to an army, but they stand together and fight for their home, later becoming know as, the Wolverines.
Evaluation: I’m not much on war based movies, and I passed this movie up on Netflix several times before giving it the time of day. What attracted me to it was the cast, which is composed of some big names in the entertainment world. And I went into this movie not knowing much of what it was about, but developed the feeling that I would like it only about five minutes in. I wasn’t sure if the movie would start pre-invasion or not, and the fact that it did is why I kept watching, because I like to get the full experience. Red Dawn has action, emotional ties between the characters, and expresses events that would go along with an actual invasion. What I didn’t like however, was the fast paced transition from normal city life to invasion life. Start the movie, but don’t get up for a drink or you’ll pick up past the invasion point. It was much too fast, and the recognition of the invasion itself could have been captured much better. And once you get past the initial invasion, well, it’s pretty much another story about the underdogs who rise to the challenge. Not to say it was bad, but I have to report that it wasn’t very clever or original.
So, whats the verdict?
Abstract Rating: 70% For having a strong cast, but no originality to make this film stand out.
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