Four years ago, when the Red Dawn remake was originally slated for release, the cultural climate in America might have been fired up by the right-wing politics embodied in the film's premise.
That was one ot the elements making John Milius' original 1984 production so striking in the Reagan Era, as the rare Hollywood product to be forthrightly conservative and pro-military, shaped and driven by Milius' own personal convictions.
And so it's possible that the remake, directed by Dan Bradley, might have struck a similar tone. But, with MGM's financial problems delaying the release, we'll never know. What we know now is that Chris Hemsworth has become a much better-known actor, thanks to Thor and The Avengers, and the new trailer takes advantage of that.
The cast, which includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), and Connor Cruise (adopted son of Tom), is probably the film's biggest selling point, because North Korea is no longer considered a creditable threat to invade America.
The trailer plays like a right-wing fantasy, with explosions, paratroopers, small-arms fire, tough talk, and nods to the original. Watch it below and be afraid, be very afraid! (And/or amused.) Red Dawn is due out in the US on November 21.