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Red Dawn 2012

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The citizens of Spokane, a small town in Washington state, awaken to the sight of North Korean paratroopers dropping from the sky. The U.S.A. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Without warning, the town is unable to fight back and finds itself under enemy occupation. Evading capture, a group of young patriots - led by Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganising themselves to become a guerilla 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.

Starring:
Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson
Director Dan Bradley
Studio KOCH MEDIA
Rental release 8 July 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson
Director Dan Bradley
Studio KOCH MEDIA
Rental release 8 July 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Neon Weasel on 26 Feb. 2013
I never really liked the original Red Dawn,so when I heard they were remaking it I had high hopes that this version would be a better movie.When I then found out Chris Hemsworth was going to be the lead,my hopes increased even more.He made a great Thor in my opinion,and I loved Avengers Assemble.Sadly my hopes well and truly dashed within the first twenty minutes or so,when I realized that somehow they had made an even worse version.

I don't mind if an action films story is weak,as long as it serves its purpose of moving things forward from one set piece to another,but this one is wafer thin,and worst of all is cliche ridden in the extreme,to the point where you can see whats going to happen next a mile away.But even this I could forgive if the action sequences were good,but they're not.They're too far apart,way too brief and unforgivably dull,it also needed a higher certificate because its all too lightweight.Its like your watching a censored version its all so tame.Chris Hemsworth is wasted,and was presumably killing time before finding a project more worthy.As for the rest of the cast,they're instantly forgettable,and,especially in the cases of Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson,as wooden as they trees they spend a lot of the film running through.

Its a dull mess of a film,how they managed to spend an estimated $65,000,000 on this turkey I'll never know.I cant think of a single level that it really works on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 8 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The first time around, it wasn't the best eighties movie in the world, but it had a great cast, and it was fun for what it was.

Take this remake, probably the worst remake I've seen in a very long time, and you realise the only reason this has seen the inside of a movie theatre is because of Thor, Avengers Assemble, and The Hunger Games, no other reason what so ever.

This time, the North Koreans have invaded, and the character from Die Another Die is trying to take over whatever.

The worst thing he can do is kill Thors dad, not only will this vex the 'Wolverines', it gets rid of the best actor in the film very early on.

But the biggest problem is the fact that the heroes rarely seem in danger, from the first encounter, the N. Koreans just stand there and watch them drive about and look perplexed, and the res too the film the heroes just blow up stuff and argue.

Toward the end of the film Dean Morgan, the cut price George Clooney appears to give it Gravitas, but its too late, the film is ruined, as there is no real flow in narrative structure.

It's the worst mainstream release I've seen since that awful RZA film with Crowe, and it really poisons your memory of a half decent eighties movie.

A horrid, rancid, pointless movie, that the film company has released in a desperate attempt to make a little money on the basis that two stars are quite big now.

It fails, miserably
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2013
Format: DVD
After a montage of Europe falling into economical crisis, NATO weakened & North Korea becoming a super power, the film drops us into a slice of traditional Americana life. Where we are treated to a late night, flood light lit high school football match in Spokane, Washington, USA. Where onlooker, US Marine Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) has come home from leave to visit his family after many years away, as he watches his brother Matt (Peck) & greets his police Sgt. father Tom (Cullen). But their reunion is soon short lived, as North Korean solider's start falling from the sky in a D-Day-esque invasion. Jed & his brother gather a scattered few survivors, teenage kids, but what can they do against an organised military force ?! fight!!

Overall with all the poor reviews of this film, similar to what the 1984 original received, i was skeptical about what i would be getting here. But thankfully as is sometimes the case, everyone has they're own opinions or experience that may not be the same as another's, and quite frankly i find that to be the case with Red Dawn. It's mixture of action & drama was good overall, while sure, it did lack believability with solider's dropping in by parachute & these kids taking on the nickname of the high school football team, Wolverines, and going up against the trained & heavily equipped solider's as some kind of underground militia. And just as with the snippets of humor embedded here & there, you need to take this film's premise with a pinch of salt. But it still had enough about it through it's victories in action packed City shootout's/ambushes & losses as they reflect back on the outcomes at camp, to be an interesting & dare i say inspirational watch over it's snappy 90 minute run time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 14 July 2013
Format: DVD
I never saw the original 1980's "Red Dawn" so I cant compare it to this bizarre 2013 remake. I was attracted to this film based as it is on the totally absurd premise of a North Korean invasion of the USA mainland. The film starts with large numbers of North Korean paratroopers landing in Spokane ,a large town on the Pacific seaboard. Within a short period of time the Norh Koreans subdue the city with large amounts of military hardware including tanks which appeared from nowhere . You really have to suspend your disbelief for the duration of this film as a gang of good looking teenagers form a guerrilla band and engage in terrorist acts against the North Korean occupation forces. How big a nuisance to the Oriental invaders will this group be ? Not a lot happens plot wise and the characterisation isnt particularly good. One action sequence ,with lots of explosions, follows another and I found myself losing interest in the film throughout their duration. Interesting that this is the second film I have seen this year featuring North Koreans invading the USA (Olympus Has Fallen being the other). The Americans are really stuck for a good enemy these days if North Korea is the best one they can find.
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