Red Dawn (2012)

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Red Dawn (2012)
Red Dawn FilmPoster.jpg
Genre: Action
Directed By: Dan Bradley
Written By: Carl Ellsworth
Jeremy Passmore
Starring: Chris Hemsworth
Josh Peck
Josh Hutcherson
Adrianne Palicki
Isabel Lucas
Connor Cruise
Distributed By: FilmDistrict
Release Date: September 27, 2012 (Fantastic Fest)
November 21, 2012 (United States)
Runtime: 93 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $65 million
Box Office: $50.9 million
Prequel: Red Dawn (1984)

Red Dawn is a 2012 action film directed by Dan Bradley and is a remake of the 1984 action film of the same name. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and Isabel Lucas.


A group of teenagers must save their town from an invasion by North Korean soldiers.

Why It Sucks

  1. The original 1984 version of the film (which was also rated PG-13 and was the first film to get the rating) was more violent and intense than this PG-13 remake.
  2. Executive Meddling: The story was originally centered around a Chinese invasion of America and was even completely filmed like that. However, this was changed due to the risk of the film being banned in China, forcing MGM to digitally replace all the Chinese symbols with North Korean ones and redub the Chinese voices to Korean. Ironically, the film never ended up getting a Chinese release.
  3. Numerous plot holes. How did the North Koreans make their way halfway across the world to attack America?
  4. The story is poorly written, uninteresting and nonsensical.
  5. The characters have zero chemistry and are severely underdeveloped.
  6. Very poor acting, especially from Josh Peck.
  7. Sloppy editing and overuse of shaky cam.
  8. Terrible CGI effects.
  9. The ending where the remaining Wolverines decide to stay behind and continue fighting the occupation is a far cry from the 1984 film's bittersweet ending.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. Chris Hemsworth as Jed Eckert is one of the few highlights of the film.


Critical Response

Upon its release, the film was almost panned by critics, audiences and fans of the original. It currently holds a 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes while Metacritic gave it a 33 out of 100.

Box Office

Red Dawn grossed only $50.9 million against its $65 million budget resulting in it becoming a box office bomb.

Awards and Nominations

The film earned a Razzie Award for Worst Remake, Sequel, Prequel or Rip-off.


  • John Milius did not like the remake, and criticised it as "terrible" after reading an original script where the villains were Chinese.


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10 months ago
Score 2

The idea of a film to attack North Koreans? Really? Kim Jong Un would've been mad about it.

NOTE: I'm not trying to defend North Korea, nor Kim Jong Un.

Declan Kearns

10 months ago
Score 0

I totally agree with you. The idea was a Red Dawn remake was a terrible. Mostly because the Cold War ended in 1989.

North Korea as the bad guys? What is this Team America World Police? Just go watch the original its a timeless classic.

Collin from DOAWK

8 months ago
Score 0
also how can they take over America even though there not powerful

Collin from DOAWK

8 months ago
Score 0
its like Homefront changing the antagonist from china to north korea except Homefront at least gave a explanation on how north korea got powerful but this makes no sense since north korea doesn't have that much of powerful weapons


3 months ago
Score 0
What if they did Iran instead

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