I'll admit, I'm not much of a movie buff. Very occasionally I'll go to the cinema and catch a blockbuster, but it happens very rarely these days in my busy life. I will be making an exception when the new Star Trek movie comes out in just under two weeks.
But I do have Netflix (the much smaller Aussie version anyway. Maybe in like ten years our content will be closer to the US) and while I got it for the TV shows, I decided that I really should start watching a movie every now and then.
Maybe its also worth mentioning that Thor is joined by Peeta from Hunger Games and Bobbi from Agents of Shield to create this kick-ass team.
Seriously though, the premise sounded interesting: "A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers."
I have since seen online that a lot of reviews bagged this movie, and I have to admit, that Wired.com summed it up pretty well. "North Korean paratroopers descend
on an American small town. U.S. military resistance collapses. Korean
armored vehicles roll down the streets unopposed except for a band of
heavily armed bros in hoodies."
However, most of these bad reviews pick at the fact that North Korea invading the US is completely ridiculous, enough so that viewers can't even suspend belief long enough to enjoy this movie.
For me, not having seen the 1984 version with Patrick Swayze, I had nothing to compere it to, and wasn't looking for any deep and meaningful commentary on the state of the world's military tensions. I just wanted to watch a movie where Chris Hemsworth walks around with a huge-ass gun generally looking hot.
And hoping to god he took his shirt off at some stage (side-note: he did not remove his shirt, much to my disappointment, though he did lift it up a little at one stage to get some stitches).
Anyhoo, if you can leave all reality of the might and invincibility of America's military at the door, then this movie isn't half bad.
Don't get me wrong, there were a few gaping plot holes, like if the town was so heavily guarded and locked down, how on earth did the teens keep managing to get in and out of town for supplies and an increasing stockpile of weapons without getting caught? And how were they able to just brazenly walk around and plant bombs everywhere without anyone noticing? Anyhow, maybe leave your logic at the door with reality and not think about anything much beyond how blue Chris Hemsworth eyes are. Seriously, what is up with that?
Characters are killed off left, right and center, and usually just when you think they're safe or are actually going to get away with whatever suicidal plan they've come up with next.
Without giving away any spoilers, I guessed the outcome for Chris Hemsworth's character about half way through the movie, but the ending was rolled out fairly well, so even though it all finished pretty much how I guessed, the method managed to surprise me.
So, I enjoyed this for the fact that it was a fast action and suspense movie. But its really not anything more than that, so if you can't get over the impossibility of the premise or can't ignore the plot holes, or can't stomach intense, continuous violence, then it definitely isn't for everyone.