Friday, 10 August 2012
Red Dawn: Chris Hemsworth & Josh Hutcherson do the remake thing…
This film was made so long ago I’m not sure the version with Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swazye isn’t the remake! Let’s do a partial list here; Mr. Chris Hemsworth has shot & had released Thor, The Avengers and Snow White & The Huntsman since filming ended on Red Dawn. Josh Hutcherson hadn’t that long returned from his Journey To The Centre of The Earth, let alone the Mysterious Island; forget The Kids are All Right, or The Hunger Games. But of course that means the film now has a couple of A-List stars in its cast, as opposed to some up and coming talent. Even fellow ‘MGM financial hell’ movie The Cabin in the Woods has been released (earlier this year). During the downtime of MGM getting its life sorted out there has been the infamous ethnic changing of the film’s antagonist. Originally it was mean to be China now (let’s face it even less likely) North Korea.
I don’t know how to address the legion of problems that surround those aspects of this film. I mean, first and foremost, Red Dawn (which was not the best of films in the first place) at least had the advantage of being a film made in the midst of the cold war with it's WWIII at any minute fears; and a different kind of paranoia about various states being influenced / controlled by either the Soviet Union / Communist in general or America / Capitalists in general. Setting up a laughable, but not given the aforementioned paranoia / fears, entirely inconceivable premise, in which pretty much every country in the world , bar the Good ol U.S of A is either wiped out or taken over by a Soviet Union alliance thing (I’m barely exaggerating here people) the ‘Classic’ Red Dawn had a decent set of bad guys o play with. (Well when you consider that selling your film to people who weren’t from North America wasn’t the highest priority back then). But now, well the paranoia isn’t even in the same Galaxy as the Cold War days, even if you transfer it from East VS West (The Soviet union is no more after all) to ‘Th e War on Terror’. So they decided to make China the bad guys this time. Let’s not get into the fact that things are very, Very different in that dynamic, China is the fastest growing international market for Hollywood movies right now and is effectively the number 2 ‘Blockbuster’ market in the world, behind North America. So casting them as the bloodthirsty bad guys invading the U.S.A (Why for the love of Rambo, why?) is not a good marketing move. So what to do eh? Well fortunately it isn’t only the politics of our planet that have changed since 1984. Computers have come on a bundle and now the magic of CGI has been able to touch up a jet here, a tank there, maybe a face or two there(?) and SHAZAM! The Chinese evil bastards are now North Korean Evil Bastards. Now I’m sure the set of circumstances that leads to North Korea deciding to invade America AND succeeding, to some point, are going to be a wonder to behold.
Posted by TheRealEverton at 21:24