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Red Dawn (2012)

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A group of teenagers look to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers.

Director:

Dan Bradley

Writers:

Carl Ellsworth (screenplay), Jeremy Passmore (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,276,668, 23 November 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,806,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,950,296
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The invading army in the original 1984 movie was the Soviet Union, which no longer exists, and Cuba. North Korea was chosen as the enemy in this updated version. See more »

Goofs

After Matt yells to Peter in the car to follow them and they are driving through the park, Peter's car pulls behind the truck. In the next shot the black Jeep is behind the truck. Then Peter's car is behind the truck again, and then the Jeep is behind the truck. See more »

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Decent - once you overlook some things
5 March 2013 | by krispy8See all my reviews

I'm not sure why everyone is so hard on this film.. maybe because they were comparing it to the original Red Dawn? Or maybe they were expecting too much?

I skimmed through some of the other reviews which all seemed to base their low rating 3 ideas. 1. that it's unlikely North Korea can occupy the US; 2. why they would choose to invade a small town; 3. and why a band of teenagers would make a difference.

Those reasons are irrelevant. If you think of every movie like that, there are lots of things that aren't realistic but that doesn't mean the movie can't be entertaining. For example, it's unrealistic that Bane can hijack a military plane, blow it up, and then jump out of it safely onto another plane, all in mid-flight thousands of ft above ground.

1. In the movie, they briefly mentioned that the N. Koreans had some kind of new EMP that knocked out the US' communications and equipment. Sure.. that's a far fetch but that's not the point of the movie. The US can attack and occupy other countries, so why can't N. Korea (with Russian assistance)? (N. Korea has one of the largest military in the world)

2. What city they invaded is not the point either.. they could have made it about Manhattan if that makes you happier. They mentioned that the N. Koreans invaded many parts of the country so this is just one of the places they occupied. Perhaps, this small town, USA was a geographical location that gave them some kind of vantage point for a region of the country?

3. Why can't a band of rebels (even teenagers) make a difference? It's not that unbelievable that teenagers can shoot. It's also not that unbelievable that they can organize themselves into an effective force under the right leadership (like a marine). They're not trying to say that the group will save the entire country or kill all the invaders in the town. As Chris Hemsworth stated near the beginning of the movie, it's moreso that a small group can make a nuisance for the invaders and defeat their spirit. Look at the movie Defiance, which is based on a true story. There are also elements of rebellion in other more famous movies like Gladiator, The Last Samurai, Braveheart, etc.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie actually, despite what others say. I think many people were probably expecting something else and had high hopes and felt disappointed, but if you watch this movie without reading any reviews first or criticism, you may be entertained!


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