My Review: Red Dawn

Photo: Chris White

Imagine you wake up one morning to find the U.S. Government has collapsed and your country is being invaded by one of your enemies. That’s exactly what the creators of Red Dawn want you to experience.

What To Know

Director: Dan Bradley

Writers: Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore (Screenplay); Kevin Reynolds and John Milius (1984 Screenplay); Kevin Reynolds (Story)

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Adrianne Palicki, Connor Cruise

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language. Parents Guide

Plot: A group of teens in a small town wake up one morning to find their livelihoods are under attack by North Korea. The teens band together to form a militia called the “Wolverines” and they try to fight off their invaders. Soon, the story of the “Wolverines” travels across the country and similar groups form to fight off the North Koreans.

Family Friendly? Not really. I mean, the movie is about a military invasion so there are obviously a lot of fight scenes, espcially using guns and other weapons. The language was refreshingly minimal for a movie like this but you still had the ocasional cuss word (sh** being the most used).

Should You See It? YES! I’ll be honest, I was left wanting more at the end. It kind of just ends and, you’re so into it, that you hate for it to be over. The movie is a remake of a 1984 film of the same name and the creators of this film do a great job of adpating it for today’s world.

The makers originally had the Chinese as the invaders but changed it to North Korea to retain access to the Chinese box office. This is not a highly publcized movie as some of the others out there right now but you should DEFINITELY go see it!

I Give It A: B-

Check Out The Trailer Here

Did You Know? This Red Dawn film was originally scheduled to be released in 2010 but MGM went bankrupt and the film was shelved. Kind of weird to think we’re seeing Chris Hemsworth pre-Thor and Josh Hutcherson pre-Hunger Games in this movie!

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