BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Why, hello Mr. Hemsworth. We meet again. Full disclosure: I had no clue what this movie was about prior to watching it—so, fortunately for Red Dawn, my expectations weren’t that high or plentiful—all I really expected from this flick was action and a topless Chris Hemsworth at some point in the movie (because really, why else would you cast him other than to have him de-clothe?). This movie delivered on one of my expectations (sorry ladies, but 90 freaking minutes and he barely lifts his shirt up to get stitches sewn).
Minor side note: I love when things are dependable and when you can count on things to be a certain way or for people to say certain things, and the same goes with movies—to a certain degree.
The two things this movie was not lacking: action and cheesy lines—so much action and cheese I felt like I had seen this movie (or some variation of it) a thousand times over—but, at least the writers and directors tried to make it interesting with an inventive (albeit disappointingly executed) plot.
A Washington town randomly becomes occupied by North Korea (I say randomly because I think I missed something as I have no clue how or why they went there of all places) and a band of teenagers, led by one in particular’s older Marine Core brother (Chris, of course), called “The Wolverines” rise up against the occupation and are willing to fight until the death to get their city and their lives back.
Speaking of dependability, this was one of those flicks that you could bet your last government-issued penny when the going gets tough, Chris Hemsworth has a motivational speech prepared for every downfall to get the Wolverines through their next attack. And you can bet your newly-issued nickel that whenever something badass happens or someone gets their ass handed to them, there’s an equally cheesy one-liner to follow. So predictable—er, dependable—that I was actually quoting some variation of what the characters were going to say right before they said it.
This movie wasn’t bad by any means, but it really could have been so much better. The plot was honestly too deep for the genre of movie they selected (if you’re going to have a full-blown action movie, try not to develop some pre-apocalyptic communist-invasion plot that is hard to follow with all of the Hollywood explosions going on), and I think if they had dumbed down the plot just a teensy bit, I could have taken it for what it was, which was a kick-ass cheesy action flick.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoqlBHSePw0]
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.