Our friends over at Film Drunk sent us a link to a script review that they wrote up for the upcoming MGM remake of the 1980's classic Red Dawn. The new film is being directed by Dan Bradley who worked as second unit director on the Bourne films., and it stars Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, Future THOR), Josh Peck (The Wackness), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights TV show), Josh Hutcherson(Bridge to Terabithia/Journey to the Center of the Earth), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Edwin Hodge (Mental), Connor Cruise (Tom Cruis’s son, made appearance in Seven Pounds).
In the original film the soviets invaded Colorado, in the remake the Chinese invade Spokane. From the sound of this little script review it is going to be a shallow movie with lots of action.
Here are a few things from the script review that I thought you might be interested in.
Generally speaking, the story isn’t bad, but the dialog is a cliché-ridden mess, and a lot of the action sequences are only half written or fuzzy from a physics standpoint. It’s hard to imagine how they’d shoot a lot of them unless they use that “cause-blur-effect” style shaky-cam editing, but considering the director did stunts on Bourne and was the second-unit director on Quantum of Solace, that’s probably exactly what they’ll do.
There’s a sizable portion of the script devoted to a training montage in the mountains, plus a few crucial moments that involve jumping across gaps and going from building to building. If that doesn’t turn out to mean parkour, I’ll eat my Tapout shirt.
Who knows how much of it will make to the final cut, since I’d bet good money that they’ll be aiming for a PG-13, but as I said, a lot of Chinese people die, and there are plenty of “so-and-so gets his face blown off!” moments in the script. And I like that. Oh, and as a funny aside, like 70% of the set directions end in a an exclamation point. Like: Bob goes to the store, only… it’s full of CHINESE SOLDIERS! He ducks under the counter but… they shoot him in the face! I’ll admit, it does keep things exciting.
There are some fun moments. Will they be drowned out by the cheeseball crap? Yeah, probably. With smarter dialog, it could be a fun movie. And if the director takes a more self-aware approach to the lamer, more “stock-action-movie dialog” parts, it still could. Will it end up sucking? Yeah, probably.
To read the full review Click Here for more details.
So like we all thought from the very beginning when this film was announced, the Red Dawn remake most likely won't be worth seeing when it's all said and done.
Is anybody at all surprised by this?