Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Roger's Hollywood Minute

More appeasement from liberal Hollywood, coming to a wide screen near you Thanksgiving week:
Red Dawn is a 2012 American action war film directed by Dan Bradley and written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth, based on the 1984 film of the same name. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film centers on a group of young people who defend their hometown from a North Korean invasion.
The remake was announced in May 2008 and went into production in September 2009. The film was originally scheduled to be released on November 24, 2010, but was shelved due to maker Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's (MGM) financial troubles. The invading army was changed from Chinese to North Korean in post-production.
 In March 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that MGM changed the villains in its Red Dawn remake from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to China's lucrative box office. The changes reportedly cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean. The film's producer Trip Vinson stated, "We were initially very reluctant to make any changes, but after careful consideration [of our contracts with MGM -- RA] we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous Red Dawn that we believe improves the movie".
Apparently the United States' 10-to-1 numerical advantage in military aircraft, nuclear arsenal and 13-to-1 population advantage cannot stop the wily North Korean military from invading the U.S. mainland.  And apparently Hollywood is still full of racist dicks.


Ken Houghton said...

Well, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick was too busy making wine.

Montag said...

Fuck me to tears--the invaders in the 1984 original were Cubans, fer gawd's sake, so I'm surprised that North Koreans weren't their first choice.

Of course, this script will ignore how the North Koreans got here in the first place. Their navy might be able to get enough soldiers to the West Coast to invade and subdue Crawford, TX, but wouldn't they have to take the Greyhound from there?

Or, is this the division hiding in British Columbia? Or in Mexico? (Frankly, I've forgotten which evil other is where, according to the wingnutz.)

Ah, well, remakes of very bad films rarely turn out better than the original, so this one's going down as masturbation material for the wackos, too.

blowback said...

I wonder if this is just advance publicity for an invasion of North Korea. After all most Americans believe the complete fiction that Iran has nuclear weapons, why shouldn't they believe that a fictionalized account of North Korea invading the USA is true and demand revenge.

Unknown said...

"... an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop ..."

Because all the most awesome movies start with a half-hour of exposition.

Roger said...

"Of course, this script will ignore how the North Koreans got here in the first place."

I saw the trailer on YouTube. Apparently the invasion involves a power blackout, followed by a daylight drop of paratroopers into a Seattle suburb, followed by the appearance of armed personnel vehicles.


merlallen said...

most N Koreans are only 5 feet tall and starving and not real healthy either. they'd stop to loot Safeway first thing.