Conclusion: Those who remember the original Red Dawn as cool or fun probably haven't seen it in a long time. This remake, however, is absolutely no better and, unaided by any nostalgia, it is even more of a chore to endure. This Blu-ray combo pack offers a fine feature presentation in four different formats and nothing more than that. A single viewing is one too many for all but the most devoted of action movie fans.
Excerpt: The original Red Dawn is a lot of fun, but let’s face it, it’s also more than a little goofy. It’s not one of those sacred cows of cinema, the kind that should be untouchable as far as remakes are concerned simply because as enjoyable as it is, the movie left some room for improvement. Enter director Dan Bradley, a prolific stuntman making his directorial debut with the 2012 remake of John Milius’ eighties action favorite.
Excerpt: What better way to rile people up than show the high school football star mowing down foreign invaders? With that set-up, you can trim all sense of character and go gung-ho with plentiful AK-47s, a couple of tanks, and numerous dead Koreans… and Russians. Just because, that’s why. It is hard to be more rudimentary than this, and even in comparison to the thin 1984 original, Red Dawn is struggling for purpose.
Conclusion: This remake forgot what made the first so memorable. Had the first movie simply been another testosterone-fueled action movie I don't think it would've turned into such a cult classic. There's a disquieting nervousness bubbling up in the original. This one is all about the guns and how fun it is to be a kid with a gun with a reason to use it excessively. That said, we have some stellar audio and video included on this Blu-ray, but zero special features.
Excerpt: Ah, what’s life without a little conflict, right? Nearly thirty years ago a little movie called Red Dawn hit theaters and was perhaps one of the ultimate 80’s “Cold War” movies, right up there with Rocky IV and War Games . The message was simple, “Russians invade the U.S.A. – they will take over the world and we’re powerless to do anything about it.” Or something along those lines, it’s been a while since I’ve seen the original.