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Red Dawn (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 21 November 2012 (USA)
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A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.


Dan Bradley


Carl Ellsworth (screenplay), Jeremy Passmore (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... Jed Eckert
Josh Peck ... Matt Eckert
Josh Hutcherson ... Robert Kitner
Adrianne Palicki ... Toni Walsh
Isabel Lucas ... Erica Martin
Connor Cruise ... Daryl Jenkins
Edwin Hodge ... Danny
Brett Cullen ... Sgt. Tom Eckert
Alyssa Diaz ... Julie
Julian Alcaraz ... Greg
Will Yun Lee ... Captain Cho
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Sgt. Maj. Andrew Tanner
Fernando Chien ... Lt. Pak
Kenneth Choi ... Smith
Matt Gerald ... Hodges


The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language | See all certifications »

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Boring remake
25 September 2016 | by VartiainenSee all my reviews

The United States gets invaded by North Korea. That pretty much sums up the ludicrousness of the film. I mean, the original had Soviet Union being the invading force, which at least played to the fears and politics of the time. This didn't have the guts to go with Russia - although they kinda did - but couldn't they haven chosen anything else but North Korea?

Not that it really matters. The whole premise is silly, but so is the movie as a whole. And the worst thing is that it tries to take itself way too seriously. The tone is grim and dark, the characters suffer, there's death and dismemberment, the whole gruesome nine yards. And throughout this whole ordeal were supposed to believe that North Korea successfully invaded the only superpower of our time. Yeah... no.

And the worst thing is that I've seen this idea done much better. I haven't seen the original film, but there's a film called Tomorrow, When the War Began, released a few years before this one, which takes place in Australia and has China as the invading force. Well, they don't explicitly specify the nation. But it's China. And yes, it's a stupid, silly film as well, but it acknowledges it. It's a teenage action-comedy and has much greater camp value because of it. The main characters are teenagers, like in this film, but the ludicrousness of the situation is turned to the film's advantage through decent writing and characters. And it still gets to have its guns akimbo action scenes and character deaths needed to sell the point that war is not actually such a hot idea.

So, to summarize, if the premise interests you, see Tomorrow, When the War Began instead. Enough said.

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,276,668, 25 November 2012

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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