Red Dawn review.by Josiah Muskrat on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 at 17:27
The sad truth is that Red Dawn is a perfect example of a great story being all but ruined from Hollywood expectations and compressed run-time.
An extremely engaging concept, decent script, and cliche, but acceptable character models were all thrown into a trash compactor with a bucket of nondescript fight scenes, and squeezed together into a 90 minute film that easily could have filled (and needed) at least two and a half hours.
The film making itself was good, nothing exceptional about the technical elements, such as cinematography, effects, or sound, but nothing poor, either.
The cast was excellent, full of good actors and actresses who should have been allowed to show their talents in full, when instead all their emotional scenes were cut way short, and all their fight scenes left a lot to be desired in establishing this rag-tag team as the total badasses they were being sold as.
All of the espionage was far too easy, and the overall plot was way, way too scattered, as an emphasis on their guerrilla tactics led to an eventual disregard for all conventional means of time-telling. I’m still unsure if this entire film took place in the space of days, months, or years. (Whatever the case I am impressed at their Aaragorn-esk ability to maintain either shaved or perfectly, sexily stubbled facial hair.)
The Villain (whose inclusion and *SPOILER* cliche killing of the main protaganists’ father *END SPOILER* served really no purpose but to attempt (notice, ATTEMPT) to increase the emotional investment of the characters and audience, and to give a face to hate amonst the throngs of evil Koreans) wasn’t allowed any screen time or dialogue to develope. I could actually see the tabs still stuck to his arms from where they had pulled him out of the package from the “buy your own Evil Camando General” store.
Every single element of the movie that COULD have been good was dulled, if not destroyed by the compressed run-time and tongue-in-cheek patriotism of it all. This beautiful story about human endurance the value of freedom, and the beauty of love, in the end was about as potent as a careless male x-ray operator.