Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1984 - RED DAWN on Blu Ray

I saw this film when it was first released in 1984.  At the time I thought it was the stupidest film I had seen in a while.  Re watching the film yesterday I thought it played a little better.  It's still kind of a stupid film.

The invasion of the United States by the Soviet Union is told from the perspective of a group of high school students who become a resistance movement in their town.  There's lots of shooting and blowing up of stuff and lots and lots of macho posturing.

The director and co-writer was right wing nut job John Milius.  This film was definitely has cup of tea.  He gets to fill the fantasy the every right winger has about the government capitulating to the Commies.  His approach was to focus on a select group of people probably saved the film having giant budget overruns since he didn't have to stage major battle scenes with hundreds of extras.

The blu ray presentation is kind of poor with lots of grain in certain scenes particularly the scenes filmed at night.

114 minutes.

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