Why the rest of us ignore professional reviewers
I find it sadly ironic that Don Willmott thinks this film deserves only two stars. There's nothing outrageous or jingoistic about it. In fact, it's a remarkably prescient portrayal of the battle we currently face against Islamist Fascisim, unprotected borders, and the citizens' right and responsibility to keep and bear arms. The two tragic heroes of the film (portrayed by Patrick Swayze and a very young Charlie Sheen) demonstrate what liberal Hollywood hates to admit - that citizens, even high school students, must be taught survival skills and the safe, effective use of firearms, just in case the worst happens. Some would say the brothers Eckert failed in their mission. They would be wrong. The same is true of the many casulaties of any war, including the current one.<br> <br> The main message of this film is that your safety and freedom cannot be provided by the Government. This is true whether the threat is an organized force as in this film, disorganized but dedicated terrorist cells, or individual predatory criminals bound on destroying your life, liberty, and property.<br> <br> This movie isn't for everyone. If you think that the likes of Barbara Streisand, Jane Fonda, Sigourney Weaver, and George Clooney hold the brain trust on political wisdom, don't even bother. It won't be for you if you can't see past the surface scenario based in a historical context set before the fall of the Berlin wall. But if you recognize that this country's Founders also fought against tremendous odds with little more than their own personal will and determination to earn the freedom we now enjoy, and that liberty is a precious trust that must be earned with each generation, then maybe you are ready for Red Dawn.
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