More and more it seems like the Red Dawn remake is set to have an awful lot of key points in common with its 1980s counterpart. By which I mean it's going to be an ignorant, arrogant power fantasy wrapped in a fog of hysterical scaremongering. All I can hope for now is that it's well-made and full of exciting incident.
The film's producer, Tripp Vinson (also guilty of The Number 23 and Journey to the Centre of the Earth), has issued an official statement to Aint It Cool. His mission was, apparently, to justify the post-production alterations being made to the film, by which the film's "baddies" are being changed from an invading army of the Chinese to the North Koreans.
Here's what he said, in full:
I know there is a lot of interest and questions as to the changes announced regarding Red Dawn.
This movie has been rebooted because the filmmakers all love the original movie. The experience of seeing Red Dawn as a young boy in the middle of a Cold War, was life changing for me and a generation. I assure you that everyone involved with the reboot is keenly aware of the responsibility of delivering a movie that can stand eye to eye with the original.
The changes made to Red Dawn in the last few weeks were made in consultation with military think tanks and people that specialize in game theory. Really smart people that spend their days constructing doomsday scenarios for our military and government. The type of people that know the limitations of the North Korean military. The type of people that can project a series of events that could lead to some very scary things happening to our Country. I can assure you, we listened well to those people, especially with regards to the capability of the North Korean military.
Red Dawn isn't for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions – Red Dawn ain't for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys – Red Dawn ain't for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television – Red Dawn ain't for you. If you're a vegetarian – Red Dawn probably ain't for you.
But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cars that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the fuck up by American's kicking some Commie ass – then we have something special coming your way.
Well, that statement didn't exactly do the film any favours now, did it? And what's this about "our country" anyway? Doesn't Vinson know that Aint It Cool is an internet publication, available simultaneously around the globe?
Or does he just not care?
I most sincerely want to recommend some viewing. I think it's a very apt time to cue up Adam Curtis' three part documentary, The Power of Nightmares. It's all about how governments create and maintain fantasy enemies in order to keep power and authority.
It's all available at The Internet Archive. It's captivating, provocative, most of it stands up to intense scrutiny, and it will give a nice perspective on how we've ended up in a world where film producers make statements about projected "series of events that could lead to some very scary things happening" to the United States.