Last night after my wife got off work we decided to go catch a movie. Essentially our options were sparkly vampires or Red Dawn. While I am a fan of the original Red Dawn from the 80’s I knew that this movie had been delayed a bunch of times and that the enemy had been changed from Chinese to North Korean for political reasons.
The combination of 1. Being a remake and 2. Being a movie that has been delayed for several years set my expectations were set pretty low. While this movie did suffer from some of the standard issues of this genre such as everybody being able to run every gun they happen to find and nobody ever missing a long range rifle shot, overall the movie was believable other than the whole idea of North Korea invading overnight.
Additionally this movie was set in Washington and had a few clips of local celebrities in it, which I enjoyed a lot. I would actually have to say that for me this movie was more enjoyable than the original Red Dawn. Part of this may just have been better film making but overall this just felt more polished.
Finally the opening scene of the movie heavily features both President Obama and Joe Biden, given that this movie had been delayed several years, when it was first made it was probably safe to assume he would still be in office. However I am wondering if there was an alternate opening shot in the case that Obama lost the 2012 election.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars.