Monday, 3 December 2012

Red Dawn (2012) Review (Updated)










Red Dawn 


Release Date: 29th November 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Film District (presents)
Contrafilm
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (Uncredited)
United Artists
Vincent Newman Entertainment
(Uncredited)

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: War

Rating: M

Runtime: 93 minutes


Budget: $65,000,000

Box Office Gross: $48,169,726
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When North Korea invades
the United States, a group
of young men and women
from a small town arm
themselves and flee into the
wilderness. When they return
to the town a few weeks later,
they find themselves behind
enemy lines in "Occupied
America." Most of their family
members were dead. They
launch a resistance movement,
calling themselves Wolverines
after their school mascot. But
every time they attack on the
invaders, the North Korean
soldiers execute civilians in
retaliation. With the help of a
downed United States Air
Force F-15 pilot, the
Wolverines organize raids
on the North Koreans, who
begin to consider them a
serious threat.


Cast
Chris Hemsworth - Jed Eckert
Josh Peck - Matt Eckert
Josh Hutcherson - Robert Morris
Adrianne Palicki - Toni Walsh
Isabel Lucas - Erica Martin
Connor Cruise - Daryl Jenkins
Edwin Hodge - Danny
Steve Lenz - Pete
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Sgt.
Major Andrew Tanner
Brett Cullen - Police Sergeant
Tom Eckert
Alyssa Diaz - Julie
Julian Alcaraz - Greg
Will Yun Lee - Captain Cho
Fernando Chen - Lt. Pak
Kenneth Smith - Cpl. Smith
Matt Gerald - Sgt. Hodges
Michael A. Knight - Col. Ivanov
Noah Smith - Joe
Michael Beach - Mayor Jenkins

Crew
Director - Dan Bradley
Based on 1984 Screenplay/Story - Kevin Reynolds
Based on 1984 Screenplay - John Milius
Screenplay - Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - 
Kevin Halloran
Executive Producer - Vincent Newman
Producers - Beau Flynn & Tripp Vinson
Co-Producer - John Swallow
Production Designer - Dominic Watkins
Costume Designer - Catherine George
Director of Photography - Mitchell Amundsen
Special Effects Supervisor - Mark R. Byers
Film Editor - Richard Pearson
Music - Ramin Djawadi


Review
I don't care much for war movies except for science fiction war movies like STAR WARS and I haven't seen the old RED DAWN film. The remake of this classic is mildly entertaining which is good enough to maintain itself in spite of its shortcomings. Though there were some people who would say the plot-line of the 2012 reboot is too haphazard instead of being meaningful. I hate to spoil the movie, but it has very neat and clever warfare action as well as bits of comedy and a few top-notch casting choices including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Isabel Lucas. There's one thing I like to point out which is that one of the stars Josh Peck whom you may know him from the DRAKE & JOSH TV series has done a lot more mature acting which I have never seen him actually do. 

For the moviegoers, this flick wasn't too serious, sure it does deal with contemporary issues such as war and conflict. In terms of a target audience, I think this feature has been aimed towards a teenage audience as it has themes which would relate to teenagers such as teamwork, survival and independence. Having said all of this, I would recommend this as being a good easy-going movie to watch.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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