Movie Title: Red Dawn
Director: Dan Bradley
Date Released: November 21st, 2012
Date Seen: November 25th, 2012
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Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie was about ‘murrica in every single way. Blatant product placement, tons of guns, hot girls, fighting, car scenes, cheesy patriotic speeches, and Thor.
I enjoyed this movie WAY more than the original. While still *completely* unbelievable, this one did have a more believable plot, in just the simple things that really bothered me last time. For example, last time, why did they invade this tiny little middle of nowhere town? This time they invaded Spokane and Seattle to start with. Makes more sense. Also last time, it was a TINY town, and the kids still managed to come and go as they please and not get noticed. This time, they were a little more noticed, but it was also a bigger city so that worked out great.
While still not a fantastic plot wise movie, and the fact that the movie is pretty much a giant can of cheeze whiz holding guns, I still had a great time watching this movie. I laughed my ass off at some scenes (Subway scene… you’ll know it when it happens), and found myself feeling very patriotic… As in, I wanted to go out, by a gun and some twinkies.
Part 2 – In-Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
There were some differences from the original movie (who lives/dies/what order things happen in) – with a big one being that Jed dies, and Matt lives. In the original both died. Also, there is unfortunate love plot that makes you want to kill Matt yourself (*here let me endanger my whole team to rescue my girlfriend on a whim*). But, there are also some classically hilarious scenes – my personal favorite being the deer blood scene. It was just as funny in this Red Dawn as it was in the original Red Dawn.
One of the best scenes in the entire movie is what shall be referred to as the Subway scene. And yes, I’m talking about BMT’s and meatball sub Subway, not the underground transportation kind. Two of the boys are trying to escape some Koreans, literally in the middle of a big battle – and they wind up inside of a subway. With people in it, eating. Peeta (oh wait… that’s not his name in this movie… ), I mean Robert, holds up the Subway to get food. He 100% honest to god screams “HEY YOU, SANDWICH ARTIST – MAKE ME A SANDWICH!” “what kind of bread?!” “I DONT CARE JUST NOT THAT FLATBREAD!” It was INCREDIBLE. The most genius and horrible product placement all at the same time.
We learned a lot less about the other kids and the other people in the town, or even the reeducation camp, in this movie as we did in the original, but I was ok with that. This movie spent more time actually showing the kids learning skills that would help them actually try to take on some people. It showed them getting weapons. I liked that a bit more than the original.
Other great moments were all the ‘murrica moments. Thor…I mean Jed, drinking some ghetto beer (I forgot what it was), high school football rivalries, and then many moments of screaming “WOLVERINES!” after they just kicked ass. I just wanted to go back in, and have them scream ‘murrica instead and it just would have been perfect.
It wasn’t a great quality, fabulous, well written story (obviously) – but still a super fun watch and I’d go see it again or rent it. It was just hilarious and makes you want to drink a beer in your american flag undies, while showing cool ranch doritos or twinkies down your throat…. because you can…