Hollywood’s march through my 1980’s childhood continues with a remake of Red Dawn. The original starred the late Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell, currently in NBC’s Revolution looking a lot worse for wear.
The trailer starts on Mainstreet USA. Inside a neighborhood grill, Tyra, from Friday Night Lights (I was the only person who watched Lone Star) is having a beer with a Hemsworth brother. I can only devote a limited amount of brain space to correctly identifying acting brothers and the Baldwins are currently holding down that real estate. But IMDB tells me this one is Liam. (Miley Cyrus’s fy-ants…we literate folks say fiance`, but whatever.) WAIT…no it isn’t! It’s CHRIS!
With ominous title cards of impending doom, Mr. Hemsworth, a Marine on leave, will not have long to enjoy the charms of beer, pretty women and high school football. The lights go out, fighter jets are blown from the sky and the town sheriff, father to our marine and the star quarterback is executed. America is no more, the cold war Russians of the first film having been replaced by an Asian enemy.
At 2 and a half minutes long, I felt the trailer divulged too much.
I didn’t recognize any of the other up and comers, with one exception. Connor Cruise is a member of the Juvenile Band of Brothers out to reclaim freedom, liberty and justice for
some, I mean all. To fully inhabit his character, I wonder if he pictured himself under attack by suppressive persons?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, whose character on Grey’s Anatomy was the primary reason I jumped ship from that show, stars as the grizzly veteran amongst the bear cubs.
Red Dawn will be released on November 21, 2012.