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‘Red Dawn’ remake average action movie

Staff Reporter

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 01:11


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Josh Peck, left, Josh Hutcherson, center, and Chris Hemsworth all star in "Red Dawn," as the rebel group fighting North Korea.

The action packed Red Dawn proves itself to be entertaining. With some minor details and flaws in the storytelling, this movie is still engaging.

Red Dawn is about a group of teenagers that band together to fight a North Korean invasion.

This movie is a non-stop adrenaline rush. There are cars blowing up, bombs going off, and guns shooting a large percentage of the film. The explosions are visually awesome. In part of the film, the teenagers begin the train to go to war with the North Koreans. The training was interesting to watch because the audiences see different forms of action like combat and weapon practice.

The acting was typical in this film. There was no really big standout except Chris Hemsworth, who plays Jed Eckert. Hemsworth is known for his performance as Thor in The Avengers. He plays the strong leader very well.

Other big names in this film are Josh Peck, who plays Matt Eckert, and Josh Hutcherson, who plays Robert Kitner. Peck is the iconic, Josh from the TV show Drake and Josh. Hutcherson is famous from his role as Peeta in The Hunger Games.

The direction is ordinary. Dan Bradley is the director and Red Dawn is his first movie he directed. Bradley has been in multiple movies as a stunt man.

Small details were missing throughout the film which is disappointing. There are lesser points in the movie that do not add up. For example, there is a scene where Kitner drinks deer blood. It did not make sense because it did not flow with the story. Also the teenagers seem to simply come across some weapons in a RV in the woods. Again, did not really add up.

There is no character development in the movie. The audience is clueless as to who the characters really are. They might understand the relationship they have with each other, but not really the heart of the character. However, there are moments in the movie that get emotional.

The story telling in Red Dawn is not the best. The audience can understand the story, but how it is told is different. Trivial details are missing which makes the story seem stiff. Stiff as in it did not have great substance. The completion of the movie lacked a solid ending, which can be frustrating to some audiences. Plus the reason why invasion happened remains unknown.

All in all, Red Dawn is a good movie. It is entertaining and action packed. The bad side of the movie is the minor details missing and the poor story telling.

We give Red Dawn three out of five paws.


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