Red Dawn (1984)

red dawnWith the challenge returning Rob pick Red Dawn for me to watch


Director: John Milius

Writer: John Milius, Kevin Reynolds (Screenplay) Kevin Reynolds (Story)

Starring: Patrick Swayze, C Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Darren Dalton, Jennifer Grey, Brad Savage, Powers Boothe


Plot: It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.


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Verdict: Classic


Story: Red Dawn starts when a military group parachute into a small American town as we follow a group of high school student including Robert (Howell), Matt (Sheen), Daryl (Dalton) Danny (Savage) and older brother Jed (Swayze) escape the attack looking to find safety during the attack.

Heading into the mountains Jed has to unite the boys as they look to survive in the mountains. When the boys learn how serious everything is and World War III is happening they have to take care of two girls Erica (Thompson) & Toni (Grey) who join their battle against the soldiers who have taken over their home town with the instructions from Colonel Tanner (Boothe).boy

Red Dawn is one of those stories that puts us into a hypothetical situation where we are left to wonder how we would act if something similar would happen. Saying this I would like to say it shows how this kids start weak and become warriors trying to protect their own country. I do think this is one that will stick in the memory and also offers a new twist to the war genre.


Actor Review


Patrick Swayze: Jed is the older brother to Matt and the one who takes charge of the teenagers through the fight back against the invading enemy. He keeps calm while the rest just want to break down and turns them all into soldiers. Patrick showed that he is a great leading man in this story showing great leadership.


C Thomas Howell: Robert is the friend of Matt, he isn’t as tough as the rest but he quickly learns to fight back after hearing what happened to his parents during the invasion. C Thomas does a good job in this role and is easily the biggest development in the character.


Lea Thompson: Erica is one of the two granddaughters of a local who is forced to join the boys for safety, she is the tough one of the two and won’t let the boys walk all over her as she wants to join the fight and proves to be a powerful ally. Lea does a good job in this role showing she was going to be a name for the future.


Charlie Sheen: Matt is the younger brother to Jeb who has the survival skills but not the fighting skills, he does learn in the shadow of his brother. Charlie I think struggled to look the part in this role never really looking like he fits in.


Support Cast: Red Dawn has good supporting cast that all look like they are struggling to cope with the situation we are in.


Director Review: John MiliusJohn does a good job directing a film that will live long in the memory.


Action: Red Dawn has good war time action throughout.

War: Red Dawn brings us a nice twist on the war genre.

Settings: Red Dawn shows us just how a small town can fall without knowing of invasion.
Special Effects
: Red Dawn has good war time effects through the film.

Suggestion: Red Dawn this is one film to watch through the course of time. (Watch)


Best Part: The development of the boys.

Worst Part: Charlie Sheen doesn’t seem to fit in.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No, but a remake.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Tomorrow When The War Began


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: . A Gang of high-school kids become the last line of defence.


Overall: A true classic in the war genre that shows how everyone will act during the desperate time


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

logoDirector: John Hughes

Writer: John Hughes (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffret Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward


Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.


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Verdict: Stand Out Teen Comedy


Story: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off starts by showing Ferris (Broderick) feeling unwell trying to convince his parents he is well enough to go to school even though his sister Jeanie (Grey) she through his game. Of course we know that Ferris is faking and he aims to make the most of the beautiful day before explaining how to get through each one of the days without being busted. Ferris awakens his best friend Cameron (Ruck) who is struggling with plenty of different mental illness as he struggles with his depression.

Principal Rooney (Jones) doesn’t believe that Ferris is really sick and plans to expose Ferris in an attempt to stop his popularity ruling the school. When Sloane (Sara) Ferris’s girlfriend gets a call about her grandmother dying Rooney thinks he has Ferris busted but ends up getting left red faced before the three friends head out for a day on the town in Cameron’s dad’s vintage Ferrari. The three have one of the last great days out before facing the reality that they will be going on separate directions once the school year is over.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is actually a year older than me and it still remains one of the most refreshing stories in the business. It does try to keep everyone happy because it starts very jovial before showing the real problem the three friends will face, moving on past school looking at futures they just don’t know what they want from. This always plays well for me because we all have been there in the past. On the negative it is all very farfetched with the idea they can do all of those things on a school day (I’m not expect but sports don’t normally happen during a school day). This will remain the best of the teen comedies for many more years to come because of how simple it is to see sometime school kids just need a day to play rather than all study. (8/10)


Actor Review


Matthew Broderick: Ferris Bueller popular student who knows how to get what he wants out of everyone, after taking a sick day he decides to enjoy the day with his friends. Matthew gives a great performance that will still remain one of the best in the genre to date. (9/10)


Alan Ruck: Cameron Frye depressed best friend to Ferris who reluctantly struggles with the decision to join Ferris on his day off. Cameron faces up to his own personal problems as the day continues before final letting it all out. Alan gives a good performance in what works very well with Matthew’s Ferris. (8/10)


Mia Sara: Sloane girlfriend of Ferris who joins on the adventure after getting let out of school thanks to a cleverly placed phone call to the Police. Mia gives a good performance showing she was going to become a bigger name in the business. (7/10)


Jeffrey Jones: Ed Rooney principal who makes it his mission to prove that Ferris is skiving but ends up getting caught up in the middle of series of pranks. Jeffrey gives a good performance and makes for a perfect villain performance against our Ferris. (8/10)


Jennifer Grey: Jeanie Bueller Ferris’ sister who is jealous that everyone can believe whatever he says and as the day continues she gets angrier before getting a reality check. Jennifer gives a good performance as the jealous sister but her time of her life was just around the corner. (7/10)


Support Cast: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has a supporting cast who as the day continues grow worried about the condition of Ferris with the rumour of his sickness being serious continues to spread. Add in the concerned parents who think Ferris is really sick.


Director Review: John Hughes – John does a great job directing this all time classic. (9/10)


Comedy: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will make you laugh even if certain jokes may have dated a bit. (8/10)

Settings: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off each setting the three goes to puts them in more danger of being caught as the story unfolds. (9/10)

Suggestion: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one that you really have to have seen during your lifetime. (Watch)


Best Part: Cameron and the Ferrari.

Worst Part: isn’t really one.

Funniest Scene: Cameron losing it with the Ferrari.

Favourite Quote: Ferris ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for one Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $70 Million

Budget: $6 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: Leisure Rules


Overall: All Time Classic

Rating 90