RED DAWN Trailer Reawakens Fear in America! Or, At Least, It Tries

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RED DAWN Trailer Reawakens Fear in America! Or, At Least, It Tries

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.

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CuttermaranAugust 10, 2012 6:57 PM

This film will be for sure a good contribution to the piece of the world.

mlang1247August 10, 2012 10:12 PM

"piece of the world"....whats that?

joefoolioAugust 10, 2012 10:57 PM

"because North Korea is no longer considered a creditable threat to invade America."

Picture me pointing and laughing at you. You thought DPRK was going to invade America. Priceless.

skinnyboy23August 11, 2012 10:54 AM

Well to give credit it was suppose to be China that was invading us but hollywood got cold feet and at the last minute CGed all the Chinese flags to NK flags.
At one time it was suppose to follow the story from the game Homefront which is pretty much the same thing, gas goes really high, economy in the US collapses, North Korea slides in with China and make a super country and decide to take on a weaken US.

zetobeltAugust 11, 2012 3:28 PM

These kind of movie is only readying the next generation of wackos like Timothy McVeigh, James Holmes, and Wade Michael Page.

hiroaki.jAugust 11, 2012 4:41 PM

I think it's safer to conclude there will be shitters and wackjobs irregardless of this kind of movie existing or not.

CuttermaranAugust 11, 2012 5:33 PM

Ok, there's no peace in this world. But still we try, aren't we? Why provoke? Why North Korea, How about Iran then? Would be more realistic. Or the EU? Economics are really bad right now.

malackowAugust 12, 2012 12:27 PM

Unfortunately, we'll never know, because we'll never, again, live in a world where this kind of crap cinema doesn't exist.

Therefore, neither side can be proved, disproved.

However, I find it odd that we can accept pop culture has been an influence on everything from the jeans we wear to the cigarettes we smoke and the hairstyles we favor; yet, we insist mindless, reactionary violence for entertainment has no effect.

hiroaki.jAugust 12, 2012 9:34 PM

Wait, did we before at some point? I saw the original and that's almost 30 years old. We've also had complaints about videogames, comic books, and even literature.

As to the second point, I think equating fashion trends to acts of violence, especially something as extreme as Holmes theater shooting is specious and possibly sensationalistic. Bell-bottoms are not the moral equivalency of mass murder. It also seems to purport that individuals lack much responsibility for their actions. I personally don't think anyone sensible would claim violent media has zero effect, but I think most science on the subject has put it's impact on behavior versus say parenting or peer groups as extremely minimal.

SwarezAugust 13, 2012 5:38 AM

Like Devin Faraci said on Twitter. They had three years and this was the poster they came up with?

Peter MartinAugust 13, 2012 1:18 PM

Agree - a very uninspired poster. it's as though the only direction was: make sure Chris Hemsworth is in front. It looks less like a movie poster than a recruiting poster for a local gun club.

ikilledbambiAugust 20, 2012 2:30 PM

oh! these young heroes should avenge pearl harbor too on these damn chinese!