The production team of “Red Dawn” has somehow managed to take an already far-fetched concept and blow the top off of it. The opening credits bring this story into modern times by establishing our current political climate and showing North Korea as a worldwide threat. It is all downhill from there. If you aren’t rolling your eyes at North Korea’s sudden occupation of the United States, the group of teenagers who train in the woods in order to fight back, or their convenient access to weapons, ammo, and explosives, the frequent (and extreme) cheesy moments will certainly ruin it for you. It is almost comical as the teens represent themselves with their high school mascot, the Marines act so impressed, and the brothers share a moment. The dialogue is rough although the action sequences are pretty cool. I do applaud the writers for not being afraid to kill off some of the main characters. That is probably the most realistic part of this teenagers-turned-soldiers story. Chris Hemsworth must have owed someone a favor when he agreed to star in this film amidst his success with “Thor” and “The Avengers.” My best advice is that, unless you owe someone a favor yourself, don’t let anybody talk you into this one.
[Pictured: The access to advanced weaponry is quite convenient under the circumstances]