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The Buzz:

        This reboot of the 1984 classic (?) follows a group of teenagers as their world is thrown into chaos following an invasion by North Korea. Soon the kids are mounting a guerrilla resistance to the foreign occupiers, in this high-adrenaline action flick.

 

Life of the Party:

        I'm gonna start by saying this: Red Dawn isn't awful. In fact, I do believe here's a certain level of enjoyment to be found in it. If you go into it wanting to see people shout “WOLVERINES!” and shoot bad guys, then you won't have any regrets.

        The story takes very little time to ramp up, and the various characters fill pretty niche, cliché roles so you identify them quickly. You have Chris Hemsworth (who supposedly did this before Thor, even though that came out first) as the war-vet-returned-home leader, Josh Peck as his reckless lovestruck younger brother, and a smattering of other actors who I'm told are well known, but as we know unless they're at Sylvester Stallone level I really don't care. And they all do a decent job. Nothing really earth-shattering, or any diamond-in-the-rough type performances, but solid all around.

        But let's face it, you came for the action. You wanna see shit get blown up, and get a feeling of “AMURICA!!!!” every time someone raises a gun over their head to shout “WOLVERINES!!!!” And I'm happy to report that this film has lots of that. And that the action scenes are actually pretty well executed. I for one didn't find them confusing or disjointed like in other action films of late, and they certainly give you that adrenaline high kind of feeling when you watch some massive shootout between the high-schoolers and the North Koreans.

 

Your heroes America!

Potential Hangovers:

        Honestly I think, that at least through the lens that we here at Tanked Matinee prefer to view films, that Red Dawn's biggest sin is that it is in no way spectacular. Everything is pretty good, but not great. A lot of other reviews I found online love to shoot this film full of holes (and believe me, it does have a lot of holes to shoot), but that's not the point of the film. You watch it with your friends to basically see what you probably day-dreamed about during high-school math class. So I won't even go into the various plot mistakes, or how one-note the film is. Find some friends, find some beers, and indulge!

 

A blonde with shoulder-fired rockets...yep, I'm in love

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Lazy Afternoon

        Red Dawn is best served with some like-minded friends and a six-back of choice beer. Alternatively waste an afternoon and just let it all wash over you. Just make sure you pay enough attention as to why they're doing the different things they do in the film, but beyond that feel free to riff away.

 

Drinking Game Rules:

~ Drink every time you hear or see the word “Wolverines”

~ When a Wolverine dies, take a shot in their memory

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Overall, decent film

+ See your day dreams reenacted by Thor and friends

- Isn't really spectacular in any single way

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