The original was better

Red Dawn (2012)

I bought Red Dawn, the 2010 remake of the 1984 film with Patrick Swayze, Leah Thompson and Jennifer Grey on sale without looking at the back cover. I probably should have done so because this remake is the worst remake I’ve ever seen. I’m starting to wondering if this film should have stayed on the shelves at the MGM instead of being released in 2012 – two years after it was shot. MGM went bankrupts and put a hold on all releases. However this was not initially bad for the film since Chris Hemsworth went on to play Thor in the Avengers films and Josh Hutcherson went on to play Peeta in the Hunger Games. Both franchises was released after 2010.

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: A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.


And to elaborate a little: The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth) and his civilian brother, Matt (Josh Peck) escape with a group of friends – including Robert (Josh Hutcherson), Daryl (Connor Cruise) and Toni (Adrianne Palicki) – to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group–the Wolverines–to drive the invaders from their home.


Standing (l-r): Jed, Toni, Matt, Erica, Greg, Julie & Danny.

Sitting (l-r): Robert & Daryl

My biggest problem with this film was Josh Peck. Never ever have I seen such a miscast – he doesn’t have the acting chops to carry the second lead role – and besides that his character Matt is insufferable, selfish, disrespectful and generally just a whiny little brat. Josh Peck only have one facial expression and that’s just not good enough. And he is so wooden and stiff that it almost hurt.

What makes Matt such an unlikable character is:

1) He is selfish. He didn’t care about the others when he saw his girlfriend Erica and thus cost Greg his life because the latter was trying to help.

2) I don’t like how he just went off sulking when they made it back to camp instead of owning up to his part in Greg’s death.

3) Blaming Jed for leaving for six years after their mothers death as an excuse for not owning up to above and trying to make Jed feel bad. All Jed is doing is pointing out this is a war not a game where breaking ranks is okay.


I actually feel for Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson along with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Brett Cullen and Michael Beach to have this film on their CV. They are doing their best with the material they have and don’t fall through as much as some of the other actors.

I actually rather see the original Red Dawn than continue watching this hot mess of a film.

Stars: Chris Hemsworth (Jed Eckert), Josh Peck (Matt Eckert),
Josh Hutcherson (Robert Kitner), Adrianne Palicki (Toni Walsh), Isabel
Lucas (Erica Martin), Connor Cruise (Daryl Jenkins), Edwin Hodge (Danny
Jackson), Alyssa Diaz (Julie Goodyear), Julian Alcaraz (Greg Goodyear),
Will Yun Lee (Captain Cho), Fernando Chien (Lt. Pak), Kenneth Choi (Cpl.
Smith), Michael A. Knight (Colonel Ivanov), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Sgt.
Major Andrew Tanner), Matt Gerald (Sgt. Hodges), Brett Cullen (Tom
Eckert), Michael Beach (Mayor Jenkins) & Steve Lenz (Pete)

Director: Dan Bradley
Screenplay: Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore