The remake of Red Dawn is set to release just in time for Thanksgiving on November 21. Despite being a remake of the 1984 film, which stared Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, it is not identical since the invading enemy has changed for the 2012 version.
This movie has been a long time in coming since it was announced in May 2008, went into production in September 2009, and was originally scheduled for release in November 2010. However since MGM had some financial problems, it was shelved and other changes made between 2010 and September 2011 when FilmDistrict got the US distribution rights.
The premise for both movies is the same. A city in Washington State is invaded by foreign enemies who drop from the sky to the shock of the country. The kids manage to get away while the adults are captured and hide out in the surrounding woods. They finally decide that something must be done to stop this so they teach themselves how to fight and begin to attack guerilla style to take back their freedom for their town. They call themselves Wolverines, after their high school mascot.
In the original Red Dawn the Soviet Union was the main invaders, which makes sense since we were still in the middle of the Cold War. The remake version changed to Chinese initially but then was adjusted to North Korean in post-production. Rumor has it that this is so the movie will do better in China since they are big into American movies.
The 1984 version had lots of famous names from the time and this one is no exception. Chris Hemsworth (Thor and The Cabin in the Woods) will play Jed Eckert, which was Swayze’s role previously. Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark from Hunger Games) will be Robert. Those two alone should get the ladies to the theater. Also in the line-up is Josh Peck (Aliens in the Attic), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Immortals), Connor Cruise (adopted son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman), Alyssa Diaz (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), and other lesser-known actors.
Unfortunately, since MGM had trouble, there is no marketing for the movie so it may not do well at the box office despite Hemsworth and Hutcherson and releasing during a holiday weekend. As someone who saw the original and knows it quite well, it piques my interest to find out what they changed with the Red Dawn remake, especially since the enemy is different.