Dawn Patrol movie review: total wipeout

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A repulsive and disgustingly manipulative roundrobin of revenge that veers from softcore porn to an emotionally ignorant parody of a family drama.
I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Dawn Patrol is not the action adventure thrill ride about surfers that it would like you to believe it is. It has nothing to do with either the 1930 or 1938 films of (nearly) the same name about World War I fighter pilots. But it does hope that you will grant its central character some of the automatic sympathy that comes with a soldier’s uniform, because that’s how it introduces us to the “plight” of John (Scott Eastwood: Fury). He is in a desert somewhere — we are clearly meant to infer that it’s Iraq or Afghanistan — wearing Marine fatigues and being held captive by a woman in a black head scarf who wants him dead. How long can John delay his death by telling her the story of him and his brother, Ben (Chris Brochu)? Flashback to a tale that almost instantly reveals itself to be repulsive and disgustingly manipulative, and that’s even long before the situation in the desert turns out to be nothing like what we’re supposed to think it is. Oh, and the story has nothing to do with surfing, either, unless we’re also meant to grant some utterly unwarranted sympathy to a couple of dudes because they surf. John and Ben, it seems, got themselves mixed up in a roundrobin of revenge over who is allowed to have sex with Ben’s sometime girlfriend Donna (Kim Matula) — she doesn’t get a lot of say in the matter, apparently — which veers from softcore porn to an emotionally ignorant parody of a family drama. An obnoxious, ugly movie, sexist and racist and pleased with itself for it, one that makes me despair that this is the best work that Rita Wilson (Jewtopia), as John and Ben’s mother, could get lately.


See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Dawn Patrol for its representation of girls and women.

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LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 8:27pm

Scott Eastwood looks very much like Richard Dean Anderson in that photo.

MaryAnn Johanson
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:53pm

He mostly looks *very* much like his father, Clint.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 11:51pm

That shot I really see it. The other pic was RDA-ish.

MaryAnn Johanson
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  LaSargenta
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 10:58am

I don’t really see that.

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
reply to  LaSargenta
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 8:56pm

I was thinking Patrick Swayze, around the mouth and eyes.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Jonathan Roth
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 8:59pm

Yeah, maybe him, too.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  LaSargenta
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 9:39pm

There was an article, not too long ago, pointing out that every female character in a Disney cartoon looks alike:

http://every-flavored-bean.tumblr.com/post/112569173199/every-woman-in-every-disney-pixar-movie-in-the

Apparently, the studios also have a template for male leads in live-action films. Or maybe studio films have just become so generic that the stars seem interchangeable. Even if they’re Richard Dean Anderson.

Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 10:44pm

Children looking like their famous parents always weird me out, a little.

http://www4.pictures.fp.zimbio.com/Sting+Joe+Sumner+Welcome+Voice+Opera+Paris+ttxY1hJ5Qyyl.jpg

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  Bluejay
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 10:07am

Colin Hanks, my goodness.