Red Dawn remake gains ringleader
The remake of Red Dawn continues, a film I really struggle with considering the enemy that inspired the film is no longer that much of an enemy and could by no means launch a massive troop invasion of the United States as the original film once showed.
However it's going ahead and the remake is still on, and if the casting story of the replacement for the leader of the Red Dawn group from the original, Patrick Swayze, is true, then it's moving forward at quite a pace.
Red Dawn was the story of a small town in the middle of nowhere who are one day surprised by an invasion of Russian troops who are beginning a massive land invasion of the United States. The troops capture the people and place them in interment camps, and those that are left free are a group of teenagers.
However they aren't helpless. Their leader is Patrick Swayze and they have Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Darren Dalton, Jennifer Grey and of course Lea Thompson, and together they begin the fight back against the invaders.
You see this is all well and good, and it's something I've discussed before on Filmstalker when thinking about the Red Dawn remake, there just isn't a comparable bad guy to the Soviet Union of the era when Red Dawn was made, and I really struggle with how this could feel as big and as important as it did then.
So the real question is what are they going to do with the idea of the bad guy? They can't have an invading force made up of terrorist groups who have teamed up, that's not enough for a land invasion of the U.S., perhaps they are going to suggest China, or return to the idea of a strong Russia?
Personally I don't get it and I don't understand where the modern and relevant threat is going to come from anymore.