I have a strange affinity for Red Dawn. When I moved into my dorm for my freshman year of college, I picked up a VHS copy for $4.97 at Wal Mart. I watched that movie incessantly for an entire year, nearly wearing it out. I think my love for the movie stemmed from the fact that I was living in West Virginia at the time, getting some pointers in case some ex-Soviet Bloc nation decided to reign terror upon the hills of Appalachia.
This fall will see the release of the Red Dawn remake North Korea as the aggressor that invades and takes over the United States, taking over for the Russians and Cubans in the Swayze version. This remake has been in the can since 2009, but was shelved and then entered an intense period of post-production removing all indicators that the bad guys were Chinese and replacing them with North Korea.
If the trailer is to be believed, apparently a nation that lacks an actual power grid has mastered an EMP-like technology rendering the United States defenses useless.
Enter Chris Hemsworth, a Marine on leave who bands together with a team of attractive twenty-somethings (playing teenagers) who bring the fight to the North Koreans guerrilla style. I’m leery of this remake from the start due to the fact that the studios have already sanitized it by going in and changing the antagonist.
Red Dawn’s terror worked well in the hey day of the 1980′s when cocaine fueled movie executive were green lighting anything with Charlie Sheen and detective canines. Now, it’s going to be safe … not so many bullet holes, concentration camps, and off-screen sexual assaults.