Reviewed by: Angela Bowman
|Featuring:||Chris Hemsworth … Jed Eckert
Josh Hutcherson … Robert
Isabel Lucas … Erica
Jeffrey Dean Morgan … Col. Andy Tanner
Adrianne Palicki … Toni
Josh Peck … Matt Eckert
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“Welcome to the home of the brave”
This film is a remake of “Red Dawn” (1984).
Set in Spokane, WA and based on the 1984 motion picture (set in Colorado) about a group of teenagers turned guerrilla fighters rebelling against a Communist invasion, this modernized version of “Red Dawn” brings the story to life in a present day situation. While the basis of the film is the same as the previous, there are many differences, not only as far as what relates to the technology and world situation of today, but the location and other aspects have been changed to give it a life of its own. So, regardless of whether or not you have seen or even enjoyed the original “Red Dawn,” this version may be worth taking a chance on.
While it is set as a World War III type of film, it is not your typical war movie. At its core, it’s about fighting for what you believe in, for what’s right, for not only your country, but for those that you love. It’s about how no matter how small or insignificant a person or people seem to be, with enough will power and determination, anything is possible. It reminds me of what it really means to be a Christian. Fighting for what not only is right, but for something that means everything to you, versus doing it because you are told or ordered to. While a person can be “forced” to do something they don’t really want to do, no one can be forced to commit their life to Christ. And, in that choice to do so, there are going to be battles, and you are going to have to choose whether or not it is worth it to you to stand up and fight for what is right and true.
Objectionable Content: As with any other war-type film, this movie involves typical warfare: guns, explosions, people being killed, hunting animals for food. However, tastefully done and surprisingly, there is not a lot of blood. There are a few scenes of alcohol consumption (although not drunkenness). Language: “G_d damn” (4), “Jesus Christ,” “Oh G_d,” “Oh my G_dm” “damn,” the word “sh*t” is used over 30 times, 1 or 2 instances of “f*ck.” Other than that a few instances of a**, b*tch, p*ssy, d*ck, p*ss off (none used in sexual content).
Violence: Heavy to Extreme / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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