The film is set in an alternate 1980s in which the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Central American allies. American high school students resist the occupation with guerrilla warfare and callthemselves Wolverines, after their high school mascot.
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"red dawn" is weirder than it seems on the surface. in addition to insane nativism and crypto-fascism, it also features a strong affection for subversive insurrection. for a movie as "america fuck yeah" as this, the brat-packers use the tools of "our enemies" almost exclusively. their guerilla warfare calls to mind many "evil-doers," from the vietcong to the taliban. and what's with "ernesto," the sympathetic baddie?
Good not great action Flik. Interesting capsule for the general malaise and fear that existed in Cold War america directed towards evil Russia. I loved the concept tho. An 80s classic. Love how the Cuban baddie gets super sentimental towards the end. He relates to these american guirrilas. Wolverines!!!
Focusing more on the theme of teamwork and brotherhood rather than the consequences of war and invasion this 80's action flick has decent action scenes but the quiet, suspenseful, and subtle moments of dread are standout. And while each death comes only when the screenplay needs it at least the existential Cuban is a nice touch.