19 March 2011

Norks Invade US; Teenagers Fight Back!

At least, that seems to be the premise of the new Red Dawn remake

MGM is changing the villains in its Red Dawn remake from Chinese to North Korean to keep friendly with the rising Asian superpower, including its lucrative box office for American movies.

Filmed in 2009, Red Dawn centers on a World War III type invasion onto American soil of a foreign country. The original pitted the U.S. against the Soviets, the remake filmed the invaders as the Chinese.

We'd hate to piss off the Chinese monetary overlords, eh?
And the original was not just the US vs the Soviets, as they had East Germans, Afghanistanians, and Cubans, too. In fact, the lead 'policeman' on the 'Russian' side was the Cuban guy.

By: Brant


Guardian said...

In related news, THQ's new release Homefront (for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC) portrays a North Korean invasion and occupation of the United States. I've only played about 4 hours so far. Initial impression is that the storyline and premise is good so far, the gameplay is decent but not great, and the graphics/sound feels a little stale. I haven't tried the multi-player game yet, but it's promising based on a quick scan of the strategy guide. Not as realistic as Medal of Honor and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, but not as over-the-top crazy as the Call of Duty series.

-- Guardian

Brant said...

-- portrays a North Korean invasion and occupation of the United States --

Whoever comes up with these whack-a-doodle storylines clearly hasn't done a basic demographic analysis.
Pop, NK: 24.5 mil
Pop, US: 310 mil

Where do the Norks come up with the extra 30 million people to police the US?

Guardian said...

In the story-line, Kim Jung-Un actually proves to be a competent, inspiring leader (HUGE leap there, I know). He unifies North and South Korea, so that's a total of ~73M to work with. Then he conquers Japan and some other Asian-Pacific countries while the US is suffering an expanded war in the Middle East and a (further) economic meltdown based, in part, on oil prices.

All that said, I'm not defending it. The premise is very shaky, but it serves its purpose of giving you a chance to shoot at NORKs while fighting with a rag-tag band of rebels defending suburban Colorado.

BTW, I didn't clarify my overall read on the game. I give Homefront about a 7/10. It's OK to give you a military-themed FPS fix while you're waiting for Battlefield 3, SOCOM 4, or Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, but it is definitely NOT a must-have title in the genre.