In 1984, the film Red Dawn displayed Cold War paranoia with its tale of a United States overrun by Soviet paratroopers, Cuban military and complacency in the face of the Red Menace. Teen school kids, clearly not minding missing the prom, heeded a call to arms and kicked some Communist ass. Of course most of them died.

The movie is most notable for a young cast that included Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey and Lea Thompson. Of course Grey and Swayze would hit big three years later in Dirty Dancing. This time out they were more into down and dirty guerrilla attacks on the invading Communist army.

With the remake, the Chinese invade the United States requiring more teens to try to kick some Communist ass. Now, here’s the trouble with the scenario. The US owes so much money to China that they could really just send a couple of repo guys to make good on the loans. Why bother wasting money on a big scale military operation? Maybe they really want to do something about the menus at the millions of Chinese take out places across the US? And another thing: If the Chinese invade does that mean we get the Nike factories back?

What’s getting some political conservatives up in arms is the delay in the release of this new Red Dawn that supposedly kicks not only Commie butt, but goes after the Obama administration. This of course pleases the conservatives and they have their popcorn ready and are salivating over using the movie as propaganda.

One hitch. MGM made the film and MGM is broke. Therefore, despite concluding filming, the film can’t be released. Maybe some neo-cons can go to Congress and ask for a bailout of the struggling film company to get Red Dawn released.

As for me, I’m waiting for the animated, 3D musical version.

Anyone out there really want to see this new Red Dawn? Wasn’t one enough?

Source: LA Times Blog


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