The original "Red Dawn" is a Reagan-era classic. Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen kickin' Commie ass during World War III, guerrilla warfare-style? YES PLEASE. After years of delay, a trailer for the remake staring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, and Isabel Lucas has finally dropped. Just like "Skyfall," the delay was mostly due to MGM's financial woes over the past few years. Also, there was a significant script and post-production overhaul to change the invading force from China to North Korea. Obviously the producers wanted to get "Red Dawn" past China's censorship board to reap the fruits of that country's lucrative box office earnings. Especially for a shoot-'em-up movie. That detail alone makes the whole thing a little less menacing, huh? Like, is idea of a well-orchestrated aerial homeland invasion from North Korea (where stuff like this seems to happen all the time) really as frightening as one from a massively populated and powerful nation? Debatable. Fact of the matter is, in 1984 when the first Red Dawn came out, people were actually scared sh*tless of an invading Red army. And that world changed dramatically after 9/11.
Still, it looks like your typical action movie fare: Lots of explosions and fire fights. I'm curious to see if the characters will start turning against each other like they did in the first one. Would a studio really dare to go there again? The smart money is on this being a huge wash, but I'll probably go see it just to see Hemsworth scream "Wolverines!!!!"