December 11th, 2012, by Rob


Red Dawn

Red Dawn is a 2012 American action war film directed by Dan Bradley and written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth, based on the 1984 film of the same name. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film centers on a group of young people who must defend their hometown from a North Korean invasion.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced their intentions to remake Red Dawn in May 2008 and subsequently hired Bradley and Ellsworth. The principal characters were cast the following year and the film went into production in September 2009 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Originally scheduled to be released on November 24, 2010, the film was shelved due to MGM’s financial troubles. While in post-production, the invading army was changed from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to China’s box office. FilmDistrict bought the U.S. distribution rights from MGM in September 2011 and set a new release date.

Red Dawn was released in the United States on November 21, 2012.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Red Dawn – Plot

US Marine Jed Eckhert (Hemsworth) is on leave from his military duties and returns to his hometown Spokane, Washington. He reunites with his father Spokane Police Sergeant Tom Eckhert (Cullen) and his brother, football player Matt Eckhert (Peck). After a mysterious power outage, Jed and Matt are shocked to find North Korean paratroopers are invading. Matt witnesses an F-16 take out a Korean transport aircraft as he leaves with Jed in a pick-up truck. Their father tells them to flee to their cabin in the woods while he helps the townspeople. Jed and Matt and some other teenagers, including Robert Morris (Hutcherson), Daryl Jenkins (Cruise) and Pete (Lenz), go to the Eckhert’s cabin. Tensions build as the teens must decide whether to surrender to the invaders or to resist.

When Jed announces he intends to fight for freedom, the others agree to join him, calling themselves The Wolverines after their school mascot. The Wolverines acquire weapons, and Jed trains the teenagers. They begin a series of attacks, prompting the invading foreign military to bombard the woods to destroy the Wolverines’ base of operations with the help of Pete, who led the North Korean army to the cabin. The Wolverines eventually encounter United States Marine Corps Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner (Morgan) and two marines whom he commands, Smith (Choi) and Hodges (Gerald). They reveal that the Russian-backed North Koreans plan to launch an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon to take out the US power grid and cripple the US military. The North Korean commander, Captain Cho (Lee), carries a suitcase containing an EMP-resistant radio telephone that would enable the US command to contact its remaining forces for a counter-offensive. The Wolverines assist Tanner, Smith, and Hodges and succeed in stealing the suitcase after killing Cho.

After they successfully escape with the suitcase, the Wolverines regroup at their base. After a short conversation between Matt and Jed, the Wolverines are attacked and Jed is killed in the firefight. Visibly shaken, Matt and the rest of the Wolverines escape with the suitcase. The next day, Robert comes to the realization that during an earlier escape Daryl had been tagged with a tracking device, explaining how the North Korean’s tracked them. After some thought, Daryl accepts the fact that they can’t go on with him, so he stays back and presumably dies when the North Koreans track him.

Sergeant-Major Tanner and Smith depart in a UH-1 with the suitcase while the Wolverines stay and continue to fight. By raiding prisoner camps, the Wolverines create the largest resistance group and continue their efforts to battle the invasion, with Matt now leading the effort.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Red Dawn – Cast

Chris Hemsworth as Jed Eckert
Josh Peck as Matt Eckert
Josh Hutcherson as Robert Morris
Adrianne Palicki as Toni Walsh
Isabel Lucas as Erica Martin
Connor Cruise as Daryl Jenkins
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner
Edwin Hodge as Danny Smith
Brett Cullen as Tom Eckert
Alyssa Diaz as Julie Goodyear
Julian Alcaraz as Greg Goodyear
Michael Beach as Mayor Jenkins
Will Yun Lee as Captain Cho
Matt Gerald as Sgt. Hodges
Ken Choi as Cpl. Smith
Steve Lenz as Pete

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Red Dawn – Production

In May 2008, at the Festival de Cannes, Harry Sloan and Mary Parent from MGM announced that a remake of Red Dawn was in the early stages of pre-production, with the remake due to be directed by Dan Bradley, who had previously worked as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 3, Independence Day, and Quantum of Solace. MGM subsequently announced that Red Dawn would be remade “keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we’re in”. Later the same month, MGM announced that Dan Bradley had been confirmed as the director with Carl Ellsworth, screenwriter of Red Eye and Disturbia, writing the updated screenplay. Ellsworth would be working from a story written by Jeremy Passmore. Vincent Newman (A Man Apart) was announced as the producer.[6] Australian Chris Hemsworth was cast in a lead role: other cast members include Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Edwin Hodge, and Connor Cruise.

Principal photography began September 2009 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. According to photographs taken on set, the film features propaganda pamphlets, posters, and banners featuring People’s Liberation Army symbols, such as the August 1 star. The posters attempt to garner support for a Chinese occupation, with slogans such as “Rebuilding Your Reputation”, “Repairing Your Economy”, and “Fighting Corporate Corruption”.

In June 2010, release of the film was delayed due to MGM’s financial difficulties. The delay came amid growing controversy in China after excerpts of the script were leaked on the website The Awl. The film drew sharp criticism from the Global Times, one of the leading Chinese state-run newspapers, with headlines such as “U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China” and “American movie plants hostile seeds against China”. One of the articles stated: “China can still feel U.S. distrust and fear, especially among its people. Americans’ suspicions about China are the best ground for the hawks to disseminate fear and doubt, which is the biggest concern with the movie, Red Dawn”.

In January 2011, the first cast photo was released along with news that MGM would release the film once their Chapter 11 restructuring is completed. Red Dawn was one of three already completed MGM projects scheduled to be released in 2011.

In March 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that MGM changed the villains in its Red Dawn remake from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to China’s lucrative box office. The changes reportedly cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story’s fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean. The film’s producer Trip Vinson stated, “We were initially very reluctant to make any changes, but after careful consideration we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous Red Dawn that we believe improves the movie”.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Red Dawn – Release

Dan Bradley, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Tripp Vinson and Fantastic Fest founder, Tim League at the world premiere of Red Dawn in Austin, Texas.

In September 2011, it was reported that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is finalizing a deal with the independent studio FilmDistrict to distribute the film in the United States on November 21, 2012. In December 2011, FilmDistrict reached a deal to distribute its 2012 films including Red Dawn through Open Road Films.

In September 2012, it was announced that the film would premiere on September 27, 2012 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, closing out the Fantastic Fest film festival.
Box office

Red Dawn opened in theaters in the United States on 21 November 2012. The film earned $7.4 million in its first two days and finished in seventh place, earning $14.6 million in its first weekend. As of 2 December 2012, Red Dawn has grossed $31,684,086.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Red Dawn – Critical Reaction

Red Dawn has received generally unfavorable reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 12% approval rating based on 103 reviews with an average score of 4/10. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter said, “An already silly premise is given a ham-fisted treatment in this ill-advised remake of John Milius’ 1984 hit action film”. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said, “Bradley… handles the low-fi action well, which helps divert attention from the bargain-bin special effects, bad acting and politics”. Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times said, “Reasonably dopey fun on its own, the remade Red Dawn simply can’t stand up to the real-world issues it steps on like a land mine”. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said, “The story’s time frame is confusingly murky. How long does it take the North Koreans to land… and start running things? What is their game plan? Is this a national invasion? We’re unclear what’s happening in the rest of the United States”.

Conversely, Joe Leydon of Variety gave the film a positive review, writing “[the] battle scenes are infused with a propulsive sense of urgency, as Bradley (a vet stunt coordinator and second unit director) often achieves an effective semi-documentary look”.

 

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