Thursday, April 3, 2008

Red Dawn

A couple days ago I watched RED DAWN. I can't believe I have never seen this movie. It's an amazing source of entertainment and I can't understand why it's not a pillar of prominent pop culture like other 80's films (i.e. Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller). The cast is a crazy list of the 80's best; Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Leah Thompson (Michael J. Fox's love interest in Back to the Future), Ferris Bueller's sister, the prophet from Big Love. Is it me? Was i just totally oblivious to this movie my whole life?

The premise of RED DAWN is simple: The cold war has erupted in World War III with USSR and Cuba invading USA. USA seems oddly unprepared and some high school kids take matters into their own hands by taking up arms and killing lots of communists. See, simple.

Wikipedia: At one time, Red Dawn was considered the most violent film by the Guinness Book of Records and the The National Coalition on Television Violence, with a rate of 134 acts of violence per hour, or 2.23 per minute.

Eh, it's not that violent, and it's certainly not gorey violent.

The beginning of the movie is best. Patrick Swayze drops his friends off at school and parachuting troops fall from the sky. The teacher goes outside to investigate....

That teacher was really stupid.

I never liked War Games, another cold war 80's movie that is extremely boring with no action. RED DAWN has a whole lot of action. Pretty, Pretty, Pretty good. Pretty good. I recommend all you American Heros go rent this now! If not for yourself, rent it for Patrick Swayze, poor hero has pancreatic cancer!

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