I love the fact that books, albums and films are ‘released’. It always seemed fitting as anyone can make a piece of art with any intention but once it gets away from the author it is anything the consumer wants it to be. Red Dawn is a great example of this, it was always a great movie, as a cold war thriller it stands with the likes of Threads, By Dawns Early Light and WarGames, but over the years it’s moved from Milius’ red scare to a ‘shoe on the other foot’ tale of occupation.
Whatever you read into it, it’s a film that still packs a punch. The (then) young cast are fantastic, it’s got a grimness that the remake could not hope to attempt let alone repeat and reel after reel of iconic images.