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Review: 'Red Dawn' remake won't win hearts and minds
A remake of the 1984 film of the same name, the new "Red Dawn" arrives in theaters following years of delays involving bankruptcy and a switch of the film's central villains from the Chinese to North Koreans. If the original, with its premise of American teenagers fighting off a Russian invasion, was something like "The Outsiders Fight Back" steeped in last-gasp Cold War anxiety, this update never finds an equivalent relevance or hook, failing to connect fully with our here and now.
By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2012