Red Dawn Review

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When North Koreans start landing in their small town, US Marine Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) and his friends take the fight to the invader.

★★★★

Playing its dunderheaded premise (evil Asians invade America!) confoundingly straight, this remake of a best-forgotten ’80s actioner limps into UK cinemas after flopping in the States. On the one hand, it’s cravenly cynical: the nationality of the villains was switched from Chinese to North Korean in post-production, so as not to offend a major market. On the other, it’s leadenly humourless, ramping up the Big Speeches and shaky-cam like it’s Saving Private Ryan 2. The only relief from the tedium: spotting digitally de-Chinesed shots, and the array of accidental innuendo (“Stay on my ass!”/“I won’t give you dick!”).

Long-delayed. Arguably not long enough.