Saturday, April 20, 2024

“Red Dawn” Remake Sneaks Into Theaters, a Disaster


“Red Dawn,” the remake of John Milius’s 1984 classic, sneaks into theaters tomorrow with as little fanfare as possible. It’s one of the worst received films of this year or any other, with an 11% at If there was press for “Red Dawn,” it must have been somewhere else. The only premiere I know of was on a military base in California–no Hollywood or New York unveiling.

“Red Dawn” was ready for a release a year ago, but no one knew what to do with it. Now it comes on the same weekend as “Life of Pi” and the widening release of “Silver Linings Playbook,” with “Lincoln” and “Skyfall” doing great, and “Rise of the Guardians” taking over the animated field. Plus, “Twilight: The Trilogy Finally Ends, Pt. 2” is setting records.

“Red Dawn” signals the career debut of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman’s high school age, deejaying son Connor. But that p.r. twist isn’t going to mean much as the sun will set on this dawn long before many get to see him do any acting. MGM knows this: the “Red Dawn” DVD is already set for release on February 26, 2013– exactly 90 days from today, the bare minimum time from which a disc can be launched after a theatrical release, and two days after the Oscars–for which this film will not be a factor.




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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