If you look around the 9:18 mark, you’ll see in in the background wearing a dark shirt and carrying a box. This is my first appearance in a Cracked.com sketch. It was an awesome shoot and series wrap party.
The new Red Dawn film puts China in the role of the invading force. It’s a significant switch in roles. In the original film 600 million screaming Chinamen (down from one billion after nuclear bombing).
The new movie was filmed in part in Michigan (in part because of Michigan’s tax incentives for developing a film industry to replace the jobs sent to China over the years).
Despite the faults in the original I pointed out, I like the original Red Dawn for it’s blatant propaganda (much in the way bad-film nerds love the films satirized by Mystery Science Theater 3000).
Currently there is no release date set for the current Red Dawn movie, which has evidently been pushed back to 2011. Whenever it comes out I will see it, partly for the kitsch value, and to support Michigan film making.
You can follow the developments at RedDawn2010 (not the official site of the film) and the official Red Dawn Website.
Red Dawn 2010
New article from Cracked.com. One thing that always bothered me was very dim view the creators of Red Dawn seemed to have of the US military. Apparently the best trained army in the world couldn’t beat some high school football team. The more I looked, the more subversive I realized the film to be.