Based on the prevailing studio model in Hollywood, all remakes fail to pass any litmus test for the basic right to exist because these shameless money grabs never offer any significant reconsideration of the original material, outside gluing the latest It-faces of the moment onto the screen.

Action-oriented second unit director Dan Bradley (The Bourne Ultimatum) cuts and pastes Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and Josh Peck into sequences riddled with inconsistencies and plot holes so gaping that there’s no way even an ounce of blood or logic could be drawn. Calling this new Red Dawn pointless is, well, not worth the keystrokes. If you must, keep Patrick Swayze’s legend alive by watching the original on DVD/Blu-Ray! (PG-13) Grade: D