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

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
Format: DVD
The original film was the darling of second amendment advocates. Without a well armed civilian population, the Red Army would march in and take over. While as improbable the original script or corny the lines, there was a group of young up and coming actors that were able to deliver those lines and make us feel them.

In this film....the North Koreans? The same North Koreans who couldn't conquer South Korea and it was a small country right next door to them? These guys couldn't find their own butt with both hands and a map, but have been able to conquer a nation with a huge land mass and a modern military, with allies that would actually fight for us. So the scenario has gone from very improbable, to seriously? The same guys who shot missiles in spirals? We could conquer N. Korea after breakfast and be home for lunch.

At this point I had to remove my brain from my head to watch the film.

This film was updated to reflect the changes in the audience which demands more action and special effects at the cost of silly things like creating characters or drama.

Armed with some C-4 that happened to be lying around, Jed (Chris Hemsworth) leads a group of teens against the Red Army because somehow our entire arm forces stationed in over 100 nations and all the ships at sea are too busy fighting some electronic jamming EMF thing. In one scene Robert (Josh Hutcherson) risks everyone's life to rescue the pretty blond Erica (Isabel Lucas) and still can't score.

With an inane script, you need good actors who can bring it to life. This one didn't have it. In fact it bordered on campy considering it was NORTH KOREA! The film ended rather abruptly after a brief "patriotic" message..."This is our home.
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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 Mr. Corey S. 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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Format: DVD
I really liked this movie, despite the implausibility of the plot and success of the American guerrilla fighters.

The action was good. However, you do feel that the American guerrillas do get a way with a lot. The North Koreans do seem incompetent, but I put that down to them being over-stretched.

I don't know if it is deliberate, but there is an udercurrent sub-text questioning US intervention in other countries. After all, the Americans set off car bombs in the street and gleefully kill the collaborators. Which begs the question: When does a terrorist become a freedom fighter and visa-versa? This ambiguity in the movie appeals to me, although the makers may not intend it to be seen like this.

On balance, I prefer this version to the previous as it is more visually pleasing. However, the original was more gritty and dark making it slightly more realistic.
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