December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 5, 2013

Red Dawn (2012)

When it's over, the non-stop action is a smoke screen to a poorly developed story. When the North Koreans invade a small town in the USA, a band of teenagers, known as the Wolverines, bear arms to protect their home. Chris Hemsworth takes the lead as Jed, the leader of the group, the role Patrick Swayze made popular in the original Red Dawn (1984). Gun enthusiasts will enjoy the different array of guns used in the film, including the PKM Machine Gun, M249 SAW Machine Gun, and the semi-automatic Intratec TEC-9, which are seldom seen in films. There are plenty of explosions and ricocheting bullets, but what about the people behind the guns? There is no dynamic in the story or of its characters. Even the love story between Jed and Toni (Adrianne Palicki) feels forced, as if it is simply thrown in to complete a checklist. There are many scenes which are unconvincing, because they lack continuity. One scene in particular is a bullet to the head of one of the Wolverines. Where did the bullet come from if they are in an enclosed space? If there is a window, it is not shown to give realism to the scene. Overall, the film is definitely brainless, and it's hard to fall asleep when the screen rings with the sounds of war. Decent action film if you have time to waste.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


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