When North Korean troops invade U.S. soil and take over the city of Spokane, Wash., a recently returned Iraq War veteran (Chris Hemsworth) and a group of teens (Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson) flee to the woods and form a band of freedom fighters. Dubbing themselves the Wolverines, the youths launch guerrilla attacks against the invaders -- but how long they can sustain the fight in the face of the enemy's superior numbers and firepower remains in question.
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Runtime: 1 hr 33 min
Director: Dan Bradley
Producer: Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Edwin Hodge, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise(less)
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The original red dawn is a classic cold war movie that is almost impossible to improve upon in a post cold war era. This remake is totally unbelievable, and without the paranoia of an actual cold war it lacks the impact of the original.
The original does several things better than this remake. I will touch upon a mere 4 of them:
1) Casting. The remake made a huge mistake by casting Josh Peck as Matt. Let's not forget that while Charlie Sheen may be crazy, he's starred in an Oscar-winning film and has had a most impressive Hollywood career. Filling these shoes is no easy task, and Josh Peck did not cut it.
2) Sense of time and pacing. The original went through the seasons and indicated exactly at what time of year the story was taking place. The remake seems very very fast, like it all happens in 2 weeks.
3) Ambience. The original gives you a sense of the gloom and misery associated with the situation, while the remake is overly jokey and makes the insurrection seem more like a video game.
4) Fails dramatically. There are many intense dramatic scenes in the original that create depth and emotional impact. In the remake it was very hard to care about anything that was going on. (Spoiler alert) When it was discovered that Daryl had a bug implanted on him and they left him in the road on his own, very little happened to evoke any emotional response. Contrast this to the memorable scene in the original when Daryl was executed.
I will say that I did have fun at the movie and do not regret going. But for people looking for a film as epic as the Swayze version, you'll be left scratching your head.
Parents should be aware there is a TON of swearing in this show. Much more than there is in the original.November 26th, 2012 · Details2 Thanks ·
This movie was not entertaining. Lot's of killing and not a lot of plot. Didn't really understand what was going on.December 6th, 2012 · Details2 Thanks ·
Red Dawn was a fantastic movie. Not a lot of Gore but there is quite a bit of violence. I agree with faazshift.
Contains one F bomb.November 24th, 2012 · Details2 Thanks ·
Edit: Jim.Harker nailed it with his review ... read his instead of mine.
Red Dawn is a very cheesy movie, but I knew that going in. I enjoyed the original 80's film as a child (and yes, that one is also cheesy), so I was excited to see this remake. There were a few homages to the original that were done in an appreciatively tongue-in-cheek manner, but much of the story and setting is altered ... enough to make it feel very different.
Do not go into Red Dawn expecting a masterpiece. It's not a masterpiece. In fact, it's not even really a "good" film ... it's just fun, and I enjoyed it. Josh Peck (Matty), however, was abysmal in his role. Just horrid.
For parents, there is a lot of violence in this movie and it's the type that 'feels' violent even though there isn't any blood shown. No sex, though language is a bit strong for kids. I'd say it's safe for tweens+November 26th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
If you go into this movie with the idea that it is a work of fiction and not something that is based entirely on reality you will enjoy it. It is a super fun movie with little gore but a lot of violence and explosions. At the core of Red Dawn are the values of patriotism, team work, and sacrificing for the greater good.
This is a must see movie and probably something that I will watch again.November 25th, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
Red Dawn is a great movie! From the beginning, the movie demonstrates family and friends pulling together to fight for freedom against seemingly impossible odds. It shows the power that love of family, friends, and country can have in inspiring a small group to do what's necessary to maintain the liberty they rightly deserve in their homeland. Overall, this is an excellent movie to watch!November 23rd, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
Watch Red Dawn via Red box when available but don't pay full price at the theater. Quite a bit of action in the movie but for the most poorly made. Few times during the movie asked myself "where is this movie going?" Should have left this movie in the 1980's it was better then.December 21st, 2012 · Details1 Thank ·
The show is prevalent with violence, some of which is fairly graphic for younger viewers. It is full of action. The plot is marginal at best, and I found myself the whole time wondering what the moral of the story would be.March 29th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
This was not a bad movie, it had it's cheesy parts but overall I found it entertaining. It's definitely worth renting for $1 at Redbox, just make sure you don't keep it for two days, or you'll be getting ripped off.April 16th, 2013 · Details
The remake of "Red Dawn" has sat on the shelf for over two years now and it has finally hit theaters. I had the chance to see "Red Dawn" about a month ago and have been able to sit back for a while and think about it, which may not have been a good thing. See why "Red Dawn" isn't really worth your time here on ksl.com.March 1st, 2013 · Details
Red Dawn is a good representation of what would happen if North Korea were to invade The US, except North Korea doesn't have as many forces as what was being depicted in this movie. They weren't scared to dump some of the main characters (probably because there are so many). This movie was able to bring me into it and make me feel like I was a part of it already.
In my opinion (which is what counts here) you should see this movie. There is a lot of violence, but what do you expect from a movie that is about war? fluffy rainbows.May 14th, 2013 · Details