Movie Title: Red Dawn
Date Released: August 10th, 1984
Date Seen: September 25th, 2012
For the 2012 Red Dawn – click here.
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
I enjoyed this movie – but there was a serious suspension of belief necessary. It is definitely possible that people could invade the US – that’s not what I have a problem with. I have a problem with how utterly STUPID the people that invade the country are. I’ll talk about it more in part 2, just because I don’t want to ruin any plot points if you haven’t seen it, but still. Other than that though, I had a good time. It was fun to watch these teenagers try to kick ass. I liked watching Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey, and others be awesome in the woods and then just try to defend their country.
I would have liked a few plot points better if they developed them more… or just didn’t mention them at all. But we don’t always get what we want.
I am excited for the remake of this movie – I think it will be more entertaining just because it will be a bit more realistic, but we’ll wait and see what happens.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There’s a good synopsis over on imdb if you want it, find it here.
Like I said before, the problem I had with this movie was how utterly stupid the invaders were. Supposedly the entire town was on lock down – and everyone was looking for these missing kids (even before they become “The Wolverines”). The kids were able to go in and out and in and out of the town ALL the time.
Even when they are the Wolverines, Jennifer Grey’s character walks RIGHT into the main building in the town, walks right out, gets harassed by a guard, and blows it up. Seriously? Moments before we’d seen a scene of the Russian guy showing pictures of the Wolverines to all his soldiers. UGH!
Also, the teens managed to have really and endless amount of ammo/rpgs. I know we see them acquire most of the weapons towards the beginning of the movie (left out due to the stupid invaders, again), but then the endless amounts of ammo? Ah. There’s only ever one mention of how many RPG’s are left. And I guess since the invaders are so stupid, then probably the teens were just walking right up and asking the invaders nicely for their ammo.
The ending also just felt rushed. I wanted to really see them majorly kick ass… not just kind of happen to do some good that led to winning. I don’t know, it was just disappointing. But also, I zoned out. So I fail.
I’m more excited for the new one just because I think having it be more realistic (with smart invaders!) that the audience will connect better with it – believing that it could actually happen.