director: Dan Bradley
writers: Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore
starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrienne Palicki and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
genre: Action | War
released: November 21, 2012 (U.S.)
based on the 1984 Film "Red Dawn" by John Milius
The producers behind this film must have had no clue whatsoever, that first audiences would never buy into this crap and they would never be able to make a profit. The premise of a N.Korean invasion on the U.S. is laughable at best and far less likely then E.T. invading. The makers knowing this, inherently never properly explain how the invasion is commenced or carried out. On top of that, they have the tenacity of filling the film up with cliches, cookie cutter characters and a young cast of Calvin Klein models. Making it by far one of the silliest examples of American film-making and intelligence gone astray.
As the world is going through economic turmoil with recessions and protests. N. Korea finds it to be the best opportunity to invade the U.S., with a supposed backing from Russia. Why both N. Korea and Russia attack the U.S. we never find out.
The action is focused on a small town near Seattle, Washington and group of young adults trying to hide and survive against the N. Korean invasion. They organize a guerilla force and call themselves "The Wolverines". They take the fight to the N. Koreans with bombings and covert operations. With each passing day these young adults become the heroes of the war, that literally nobody wanted to be seen filmed.
For everyone to understand how far fetched the idea of N. Korea invading the U.S. Proper analogies and examples need to be given. A perfect example is the recent nuclear test conducted by N. Korea. The bomb they tested yielded to be around a 15 kiloton nuclear warhead. In comparison the warheads used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were actually around 16 and 21 kiloton link. From this alone you can understand that N. Korea's weaponry and technology are nowhere near the U.S. in any shape, sort or manner.
If that sort of information is not enough to show how loony tune of a plot this film has. Lets compare the annual military budgets of the U.S. and N. Korea. The U.S. spends approximately $549.4 billion per year and N. Korea spends around $5-10 billion per year link. As you can see the difference is significant and more examples could be given to show the preposterous nature of the film and how the men behind it are fools.
When you get past the facts, the data and the premise. Their still remains the defense of the U.S. and how it crumbled totally under the N. Korean armed forces. The film mentions two ways how the N. Koreans managed to overcome the defenses, through cyber-attacks and a super secret e.m.p. weapon.
My confusion comes from the question of how vast was the damage of these weapons and their timing and location. Because the U.S. has bases around the world, with missiles and other sorts of weapons and many more things like Nuclear Submarines. So, lets say this all this happened and the U.S. was presumably invaded. Do people think that the "Nuclear Subs" patrolling the world wouldn't have dropped a couple of nukes on N. Korea so they know they mean business. Just saying..
After the gapes of logic within the films premise and the filmmakers lack of reading a military textbook or an intelligence report ever in their lives. We come to what motivations led to this sort of attack and why would Russia even help? First N. Korea's closest ally is China and that ain't saying a lot. So the logic that Russia then is suddenly allies, dosen't make a whole lot more sense from ideological and economic standpoint. Also what where the reactions of the global community when the invasion happened? U.N., E.U., and NATO had nothing to say and this didn't trigger WWIII? Really?
If you let all that slide. Your left with a action film that still fails at having great action, inspiring heroes and cruel and real moments of drama, starvation and death.
Here is a small list of things within the film that are baffling and lead to serious questions:
- Subway (Sandwich Franchise) - Why was it still up and running after the invasion..
- Electricity - Who is still manning the power stations?
- Why are people still running their stores and why are the N.Koreans letting them?
- If the stores are still running? Then is the currency of the Dollar still alive? Are people still getting wages?
- How are the N. Koreans actually implementing law and order? and for what end all purpose? Profit? Resources? Slaves? Forced Labor?
- Where was the National Guard of each state during this invasion?
- How is it that the only ones fighting back are high school kids?
- How is it that the young adults in the guerilla group are all hansom and pretty?
- Why wasn't any blood or gore shown during a war film?
For marketing and distribution reasons N. Korea was made the villain instead of China. Which if they had maintained that choice, it would have made it a bit more realistic, but by a tiny bit. As what the filmmakers don't realize is in order for all this to happen. You need to create a new world that these sort of events may play out.
In the world we live today of capitalism and globalized economy. Nobody wants make war happen, as its actually bad for business and highly expensive. There might be something to gain when you invade a small country that has oil (Iraq). But those cases don't lead to potential world wars or to the destruction of the world economy.
So if N. Korea did invade the U.S. Every country in the world would lose their best business partner and the stock market would immediately crash. All leading to a potential World War.
And if the invasion did happen and was backed by Russia or even if the main antagonist was China as it was originally. The same thing would have happened, because everyone would want to go back to the status quo of making money. Also lets not forget. China is an export economy that mainly exports to.. you guessed it the U.S. Why would they ever want to stop selling their merchandise to their best customer?
To sum up, their is not one ounce of realism within this film or remote possibility that something close to a N. Korean invasion in present day is possible. Additionally the distasteful characters and tremendous amount of mediocre and tame action turn the film into an unwatchable and laughable mess.