Red Dawn: November 21
Film District releases this remake of John Milius’s Cold War wet-dream, which has been sitting on a shelf for two years, thanks to financial problems at MGM. America is invaded by foreigners who hate our freedom, but a bunch of freedom-loving young men and women teach those freedom-hating foreigners a thing or two, combating superior military force with guerrilla tactics.
Dan Bradley directed from a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore, based on the 1984 film written by Kevin Reynolds and John Milius, from a story by Reynolds. Chris Hemsworth (Thor, son of Odin) leads a cast that includes Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The plot seems slightly odd, coming from the world’s only remaining super power – i.e., the only country capable of projecting its strength around the world, which just spent the better part of a decade occupying another country, which used guerrilla tactics to fight back. Perhaps some “shoe on the other foot irony” is intended? Or perhaps not.
U.S. Theatrical Release: November 21, 2012.