You may have imagined that one day you would look out the window of your classroom and see russian paratroopers landing all around your town. You would load up your gear, head for the mountains with your pals and become the guerrilla opposition helping to reclaim your town and hopefully save your family.
One of the reasons the movie was so effective was that it used the threat of the moment (soviets) to help give a sense of "holy shit this could actually happen" to the movie.
It was an empowering movie for an adolescent to watch. We would go in the woods and play "Red Dawn" often. We built a fort and spray painted "Wolverines" on the side of it. -those that have seen the movie will understand why.
Although it wasn't a great piece of cinema and it will never likely make any serious critics "best of" lists, it's still on mine.
That said, I'm worried that Hollywood is about to destroy the legacy that is "Red Dawn". They remade the movie but instead of the Soviets, it was now the Chinese that are invading our country. -*that's cool, they are a worthy adversary that could lend the same "holy shit this could happen" factor that the Soviets did in the previous movie".
But what I recently found out is that the films investors and distributors became chicken shit and changed the Chinese invasion to a North Korean invasion in post-production. -A big "red flag" for any validity this remake has.
If there was ever any doubt before, now it's solidified... I will not be seeing the remake.
Just curious if there are any other "Red Dawn" fans out there. If not, what were the movies you grew up reenacting in the living room, front yard or woods?