Red Dawn: Fighting for Family and Freedom in Your Own Backyard
by Bob Adelmann
is the target of an invasion of parachute troops from North Korea
this remake of the 1984 John Milius-directed film Red
Dawn. A rag-tag team of teenage guerrillas escapes to the
woods and trains to become a “tiny flea that can drive a big dog
crazy,” as proposed by the team’s leader, Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth).
The main theme
is the decision that each member of the team must make on his or
her own regarding the fight: whether or not to get involved and
fight for home, family, and country. A sub-theme is the reconciliation
of Jed with his younger brother Matt (Josh Peck) who finally resolve
their differences under the pressure of increasing resistance by
it all is resistance to tyranny.
Many of the
action sequences are lifted from the original film including the
ambush scene where one of the team members, Toni (Adrianne Palicki),
baits some soldiers into chasing her around the corner of a building.
They are met and gunned down by other team members who then ransack
the bodies for their weapons and ammunition, giving them the additional
firepower they desperately need to become the irritating flea on
the back of the North Korean troops.
There is frequent
reference to why such resistance, at the potential cost of their
lives, is needed from the members. As Jed explained:
you’re fighting in your own backyard, when you’re fighting for your
family, it all hurts a little and makes a little more sense.
That’s our biggest advantage. For them, this is just a place.
For us, this is our home.
As the film
develops, the resistance by the Wolverines encourages those in town
not already rotting in a POW camp to join them.
Along the way,
there were moments of clarity, and moments of incongruity. For instance,
when Jed saw a TV reporter reading his scripted version of what
was happening, he recognized it for what it was blatant propaganda
as the news channels had been taken over by the invaders
and reached over and turned it off. Message delivered: The media
is not to be trusted.
scene of the attack by parachutists was a moment of astonishing
unreality. Viewers were informed that these were North Korean troops.
Really? How could that be? North Korea, a country that is so desperately
poor that it can’t feed its own people or keep its lights on at
night, has mounted an overwhelming attack all up and down the west
coast of the United States? Where did the planes carrying them come
from? Where were they staged? However, that unreality gradually
faded as the movie developed its primary themes: resistance to communist
aggression by American patriots.
of North Korea's invading and subjugating part of the United States
was not originally part of the script. Originally, the invading
force was supposed to be from China, but the Chinese press raised
such a stink that political correctness took over and the Chinese
troops and their insignia were changed to North Korea’s.
scenes that viewers of the 1984 original movie would remember, including
shortwave broadcasts by “Radio Free America” to various guerrilla
forces in occupied America, and the attack on the POW camp by the
guerrillas to free the townspeople being held there. This was reminiscent
of the French
Resistance during World War II when rag-tag groups of civilians
organized to impede, delay, and provoke disruption among German
troops occupying France. Such groups planned, coordinated, and executed
acts of sabotage on the power grid, transportation facilities, and
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