Sunday, May 19, 2013
Red Dawn (2012) Spoiler-free review
Is it good?
No, watch the original instead.
Is it technically good?
They hired workmanlike crew, and they got a serviceable result; it's a vehicle for youthful faces, ridiculous product placement, and explosions.
The acting is fairly terrible except for Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who does his best to salvage things but can't overcome the rest of the movie.
They clearly paid for a lot of pop music rights, but the score itself is underwhelming.
The editing is confusing at best, and 90% of the movie plays like an extended montage.
What does it promise - and does it deliver?
An update of the pulp classic '80s commie paranoia flick Red Dawn with today's hottest young stars; some of 2009's young stars in a brainless, disorganized extended trailer that makes the original look like high art.
If you liked these, you'll like this: Abduction starring Taylor Lautner.