Only in Hollywood does a remake get a makeover. To the tune of nearly a million dollars, MGM made some serious modifications to its retooling of the Cold War cult classic, Red Dawn. In a bow to political correctness and marketing opportunities, the studio has re-edited the film to make the villains North Korean instead of Chinese. Through digital enhancements and re-shoots, uniforms, flags and dialogue were all made to reflect this new enemy.
Many are frustrated with this change, crying political correctness and a slap at artistic freedom. Then there is whole idea of how realistic an invasion of the United States by North Korea would be. For those not familiar with the original 1984 film, Red Dawn tells the story of a group of high school students who band together as freedom fighters along with two brothers when the United States is invaded by a Soviet led coalition. It starred 80’s teen idols Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Leah Thompson and C. Thomas Howell. The new cast features Chris Hemsworth , Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas and Connor Cruise, son of Tom and Nicole Kidman.
Do you think the change to North Korea is a good idea? Should films make changes based on giving possible offense? Do you care either way?