For me Red Dawn was personal. The movie was set in a place near where we lived in Michigan when I was a kid. My father was also in the military at that time so the idea of war was very real for my family.
The ideas of ordinary people called to action, of sacrifice and bravery and fighting to stay alive, these ideas stayed with me. Along with the faces of the actors that brought the raw story to life.
I know that a lot of liberties were taken in setting up the possibility of war in the time the movie was set in. But as a young person seeing it, I was shocked at how quickly war can happen. For me it was also interesting to see the way the "bad guy" is made human by loving and missing his family. It showed that war is not black and white, not always about good guys and bad guys.
Then there was the connection between the brothers. I can't believe the movie came out in 1984, I was 12 years old and my brother was 9 or 10 and we were very close. This movie showed that kind of bond tested by the most extreme situations. There is nothing like having a brother. For me, it was like being given a partner to face childhood with.
Are any of us strong enough to really survive. Red Dawn puts that question in your mind. When they think about this movie some may see a cheesy 80s teen action drama. For me it was that and much more.
Let's take a look at some details and photos from the movie.
|Photo Courtesy: cinematicleisure.blogspot.com|
|Photo Courtesy: popbunker.net|
|Photo Courtesy: freerepublic.com|
|Photo Courtesy: warmovieblog.com|
|Photo Courtesy: dbcovers.com|
|Photo Courtesy: tehparadox.com|
|Photo Courtesy: virginmedia.com|
|photo courtesy: nationalreview.com|
In the end, I think of Red Dawn as it relates to my life and childhood.
It is one of my favorite movies of all time.
If you haven't seen the original, you should at least consider it. If you've seen it, see it again before seeing the new version.