Red Dawn (2012)

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Critic Consensus: The rebooted Red Dawn lacks the original's topicality, but at least pays tribute in delivering the same short shrift to character development and general logic.

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In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky - shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerrilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom. -- (C) Official Site
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PG-13 (for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language)
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Action & Adventure
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$44,794,936.00
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Cast

Will Yun Lee
as Captain Cho
Josh Peck
as Matt Eckert
Brett Cullen
as Tom Eckert
Michael Beach
as Major Jenkins
Edwin Hodge
as Danny
Fernando Chien
as Lt. Pak
Isabel Lucas
as Erica Martin
Chris Hemsworth
as Jed Eckert
Alyssa Diaz
as Julie
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Critic Reviews for Red Dawn

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (35)

It's Friday Night Lights territory, but without good writing or acting.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
TIME Magazine
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Red Dawn suffers from a number of serious problems. The first, and most obvious, is that this is mini-series material compressed into a 95-minute movie.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
ReelViews
Top Critic

Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda!

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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Preposterously insincere ...

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Globe and Mail
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John Milius's 1984 cult classic about American teens battling a Soviet invasion has been reinvented as a Tea Party wet dream that offers a scathing (if completely illogical) indictment of the federal government.

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Red Dawn

I watched this more out of curiosity over the plot since the premise was interesting to me. However, let's start by saying that the personal conflict between the characters is silly and unimaginative. The main plot is not much better since the movie doesn't really explain how North Koreans could ever feasibly invade a country by dropping down in parachutes from the sky. And these kids train and form a guerrilla in a manner way to fast and incomprehensible in the limited 90 minute run-time this movie brings us. But then having the ludicrous and poorly written dialogue go on any longer wouldn't have been advisable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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Jed Eckert: Marines don't die. They go to hell and regroup. "Welcome to the Home of the Brave" Red Dawn is a truly an unnecessary remake of a movie that was terrible to begin with. With that being said I'll give this a little praise, but not much, for being better than I thought possible. In fact, in my opinion it is better then the original, but that's not really saying a whole hell of a lot. It has many of the same problems, terrible dialogue, awful acting and such, but it flows better and is a lot more entertaining. Same story basically as the original, except updating it to the 21st century and making the bad guys that invade the home town of the Wolverines, North Korean instead of Russian. Although the Russians are still in the picture on the east coast. A group of students led by a marine escape capture by the North Koreans and end up going to war against them in order to try to save their town and their country. This really isn't worth the watch, especially if you've seen the original, but it isn't the complete piece of shit I thought it was going to be. Overall, it has entertaining aspects to it, but the annoying elements destroy it just like with the original Red Dawn.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Don't compare this to the original. Don't pick at this too much, and it becomes much more enjoyable. If you just go along for the ride, you will find this movie halfway decent. Tons of action throughout...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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