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Ryan's Review: Red Dawn.

Updated on November 24, 2012

Better than the original?

Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 film of the same name, is about a group of young guys and gals who defend their suburb of Seattle from a North Korean and Russian invasion.
I won't lie to you, hub-reader, I was really excited for this movie. Like all Patrick Swayze movies, I really enjoyed the original, and with things being the way they are in America, some good ol' fashion "murican" patriotism was welcomed. The commercials looked good, the cast was speckled with stars like Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games), and a surprisingly mature Josh Peck (Uh... Snow Day?). I was eager to see if they could make the movie more modern, integrate modern technology and if they would use nations that were actually a threat.
Well reader of my hub, I have to say...
I...
was...
Extremely satisfied.

Such a good movie. A must go. A great ride.
The action and special effects were great, the gunfights were exciting and dangerous, and unlike the original, you are hooked from the credits. If you are looking for a good action movie to escape from all the suffocating holiday music and general cheesiness, this is the flick for you.
However, it is more than that.
It's not just a testosterone sandwich with pulled pork and extra bacon being served to you by a curvy blonde with a Jack and Coke.
This movie has plot, the characters have depth, and the actors play it well.
You mourn for the characters that die, you find yourself feeling both hopeless and inspired, concerned and relieved for the characters. Even Hemsworth, who I have always felt was a little stiff and hard to connect with, was brilliant. You can tell that the writers had certain feelings in mind when they designed every character, and I felt every one.
This movie has it all. Character development, plot build-up, splashes of comedy, and the cast has fantastic chemistry. You watch the characters become a family and see the actors as their characters, especially Josh Peck, who proved that his career won't be defined by a NIckelodeon show any time soon.

You will jump, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will leave feeling a little more grateful for our troops across the pond fighting for our freedom. Skip Skyfall, throw out Twilight, head to your local theatre and watch. this. movie. I can't promise you'll love it as much as I did, but I can guarantee you won't regret it.

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