From out of the sky, Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroopers have attacked the school and sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows, the teens struggle to survive the bitter winter and the Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them. Eventually, trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon they will wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops-under the banner of 'Wolverines!' Written by
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These were good friends. Take them away from here... someplace safe... where this world's war never happened. And as we remember... please let them forget, O Lord... so they can be little again.
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Not great, but there's a lot of appeal nonetheless and it's memorable
"Red Dawn" does a good job setting up its somewhat fantastical scenario
but it's very much a product of its time and might not ring the same
way it did when it was first released. I still feel like has a certain
amount of appeal, but if you love this movie it's mostly the nostalgia
talking. When the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its
Cuban and Nicaraguan allies, the Americans are overwhelmed. While this
Third World War rages, our story begins to take place. A small group of
high school students arm themselves, hide in the woods and resist the
invaders with guerrilla warfare, assembling underneath the name of
their high school mascot, the Wolverines.
The special effects are good and to someone that would be genuinely
fearful of an invasion by the soviets this could be a dream come true
or a really frightening scenario. I enjoyed the fact that the film gets
into its premise right away, telling anyone that doesn't buy the
premise to promptly leave the theatre or stop complaining about the
events that are taking place. The film also does a good job portraying
the long passage of time and the changes that happen to the characters
as they become more accustomed to guerilla warfare. Where the film
doesn't work is in the emotional growth and towards the end where our
heroes make decisions that feel out of character and downright stupid.
While I was able to buy the premise fully, I did find that this story
doesn't feel as fleshed out as it should be. I'm leaning more towards
"video game-like" than "epic" when choosing what word to define the
storyline, despite the fact that there is a full-blown war going on.
If you can suspend your disbelief (and the film does take the time to
set itself up as a possible scenario so it shouldn't be too hard) and
put yourself in the mentality of the red scare you will get a kick out
of this, though you might leave wanting more when it comes to the story
and characters. (On VHS, November 21, 2012)
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