Red Dawn (2012)
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Numerous plot holes. How did the North Koreans make their way halfway across the world to attack America?
- The story is poorly written, uninteresting and nonsensical.
- The characters have zero chemistry and are severely underdeveloped.
- Very poor acting, especially from Josh Peck.
- Sloppy editing and overuse of shaky cam.
- Terrible CGI effects.
- The action is really shaky and hard to see in some parts.
- 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 scene where the Wolverines rob a Subway restaurant is nothing but product placement
- Most of the equipment that the North Korean soldiers use aren't actually North Korean, instead American equipment (like Humvee's and Abrams tanks) that were likely captured during the invasion in which they were used.
- Chris Hemsworth as Jed Eckert is one of the few highlights of the film.
- Two Words:Josh Peck
- The action is decent for a PG-13 film.
- Some unique elements that weren't in the original film, like collaborators.
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.
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.