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Red Dawn


A lot can happen in three years, which is about how long the remake of John Milius' Cold War fantasy Red Dawn sat on the shelf, due to MGM's financial woes. For one, your enemies can become big movie markets, forcing you to digitally replace Chinese flags with North Korean ones during an invasion of Spokane that prompts a group of teens to take up arms. On the upside, the film's delay has seen Chris Hemsworth's star rise from unknown to God of Thunder, but even Thor himself seems lost in the mess (and not at all comfortable in Patrick Swayze's big-ass shoes). It's only natural that the kids compare their experiences to Call of Duty—that video game is basically the setting for the movie, right down to the incoherent action, endless hordes of foreign combatants and plentiful explosions triggered by teens. Yet it's no fun. Granted, Milius' story of Russkies hitting us in the homeland was an alarmist hunk of jingoism, but at least the iconic image of tanks outside a McDonald's spoke to true American fears. Here, we're hit with an utterly implausible threat. If the film wanted to speak to our modern fears effectively, maybe director Dan Bradley could have used those three lost years to install some CGI Wall Street bankers in those tanks.

  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Release Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Intense Action, Intense War Violence, Language ]
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: 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 [Tom Eckert], Alyssa Diaz [Julie], Will Lee [Capt. Cho], Jeffrey Dean Morgan [Tanner], Kenneth Choi [Smith]
  • Directed by: Dan Bradley [Director], Carl Ellsworth [Screenwriter], Jeremy Passmore [Screenwriter], Beau Flynn [Producer], Tripp Vinson [Producer], Vincent Newman [Executive Producer], Kevin Halloran [Executive Producer], Mitchell Amundsen [Cinematographer], Richard Pearson [Film Editor], Ramin Djawadi [Original Music], Dominic Watkins [Production Design], Tom Reta [Supervising Art Direction], Gina Cranham [Art Director], Daniel Clancy [Set Decoration], Catherine George [Costume Designer], Deborah Aquila [Casting], Tricia Wood [Casting]
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