Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced their intentions to produce a remake of “Red Dawn” in May of 2008. Production started in 2009 and the film’s release was delayed until now over MGM’s financial issues.
The original, 1984 “Red Dawn” (see photos below), was interestingly enough the first film to be released with the PG13 rating. The film featured a fictional America freshly invaded by Soviet/Cuban/Nicaraguan forces, and starred Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey.
The 2012 “Red Dawn” redeux, features Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan fighting off a North Korean attack on American Soil. (Fun Fact – the film was originally conceived to center around a Chinese invasion, which was later massaged away in post to avoid upsetting the large and lucrative Chinese film market).
The film has not received good marks to date from critics, and some have scoffed at the logic behind a North Korean invasion of a superpower thousands of miles away. If you’re looking for an emotionally poignant cinematic experience, “Red Dawn” may not be your ticket. If on the other hand you are a fan of fun action-packed popcorn-flicks, turning a deaf ear to critics and heading to the local theater to support The Wolverines may be the call to make.