Red Dawn

Kaela Mason

Remaking classic movies is a trend that has become very popular in Hollywood in the last decade. Usually, I try to see the original first before going out to see the remake. This time I decided to try something different with the remake of 1984’s Red Dawn. I wanted to be able to judge the new film as a completely separate entity without worrying about whether or not it lives up to its predecessor.

What set this movie apart from most others was that it did not waste any time at the beginning with backstories. The movie opens up at a high school football game, with a father on the sideline cheering on his son, standing with his other son who has just returned on leave from his military duties.

The only backstory we are given is that the younger son, Matt, seems less than happy with the return of his older brother, Jed. The next morning, they all wake up to a surprise attack from North Korea. The brothers are forced to put aside whatever is between them and come together with their friends and decide whether to surrender to the invaders, or resist and fight for their freedom. They choose to fight no matter what the cost. They create a large resistance group full of teenagers and call themselves The Wolverines.

When the original one came out in the 80s, women from all over went out to see the handsome, predominantly male cast including Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Charlie Sheen. Ladies, I suggest you all do the same for this remake. With a cast including Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), Josh Peck (Drake & Josh, The Wackness), and Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Journey to the Center of the Earth), this remake is just as hot as the original.

And to all you guys who love action and adventure, then I recommend you go out and see this film as well. I promise you won’t be disappointed.