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Old 11-21-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Red Dawn (2012) - Review Thread


WOLVERINES!!!


1984's Red Dawn was about the Soviet Union invading America and a group of high school teenagers fighting back. It was pretty ridiculous to say the least - even for `80s movie standards. So when a remake was announced, eyeballs were rolling. If this s--t was silly in the 20th century, then just imagine in the 21st century. Especially when the enemy is now North Korea. But the remake has one advantage over the original. It is fast paced and action packed. Translation: It is HIGHLY entertaining.

To say "Red Dawn 2.0" is the hidden gem of 2012 is an understatement. In addition to exciting and edge-of-your-seat action sequences, the film has an incredible cast. Chris Hemsworth once again proves why he's the next big action star. Josh Peck is shockingly impressive and has a few badass moments. Even Josh Hutcherson and Tom Cruise's adoptive son deliver better-than-usual performances. When you're watching a movie about kids fighting a military force, it helps if you like them and actually BELIEVE they can pull it off.

Another noteworthy thing to mention is that the North Koreans aren't portrayed as idiots. They always manage to fight back. The heroes, or WOLVERINES, which is what they call themselves, win many battles, but at no point do you get the feeling that they're winning the war. Even during the movie's closing minutes, the Wolverines face constant set-backs. It is strangely inspiring because, most likely, they won't defeat the North Koreans unless the U.S. Military actually steps-in at some point. And yet, they march on. One could argue that the film is great propaganda for the military but the movie never feels like it is.

Overall, YES, the concept is incredibly dumb but the execution is very strong and results in a great action film. I highly recommend it. If you watched Skyfall and felt it could have used some more bombastic action scenes (I'm looking at you Dracula) then Red Dawn will definitely satisfy your thirst.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:14 AM   #2
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I was hopeful when I heard they were remaking this because I kind of like the apocalyptic action films where the end has come. The previews looked pretty cheesy though. Might have to check this out on discount night or something.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:04 AM   #3
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Your review makes me happy, I am a complete sucker for the first one and have always wanted an up to date one made, even liked the movie tomorrow after the war.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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I'm sure you'll love it, nine1wing.
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I haven't heard a single positive remark about this. Maybe a redbox rental if there is absolutely nothing else to check out.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:15 PM   #6
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I don't rely on critic reviews, but this is literally the first positive thing I"ve seen about this movie. I'll watch it. When its on netflix
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #7
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I don't rely on critic reviews, but this is literally the first positive thing I"ve seen about this movie. I'll watch it. When its on netflix
I don't either but there are certain people that I trust. Theres a reason this thing was delayed by three years apparently.
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Well, I think in this case the critics might be worth listening to: it has a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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it has a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Old 11-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #10
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I didn't say it was shocking.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:34 PM   #11
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Theres a reason this thing was delayed by three years apparently.
MGM went bankrupt and the movie was shelved. Just like, you know, another Chris Hemsworth movie called Cabin in the Woods. This is NOT a critics movie. Any idiot can tell you that. It's a dumb action movie. Of course they're gonna hate it. They have to hate something and Twilight has become too easy of a target. Red Dawn is a cool, badass, GUY movie. If you have any balls you'll go and see it.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:09 AM   #12
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AWFUL RT score + not trusting Neverending's opinion = avoid like the plague
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:33 AM   #13
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It got a B cinemascore. Audience reaction hasn't been bad. But whatever. You guys are never gonna see it anyway, so why waste my time.
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I saw both Red Dawn and Rise Of The Guardians on Thanksgiving day and I am glad I did for both were great movies. Helmsworth I think will be a great action movie star down the road. He just needs a few guy movies under his belt.
I don't remember the original that well really so maybe its why I liked this movie fine.
I really don't care for Isabel Lucas as an actress. Many young blonde actresses could have been better but other then that its a great cast.
8/10.
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RedVader likes it...Oh God.
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This movie looks like ****.
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MGM went bankrupt and the movie was shelved. Just like, you know, another Chris Hemsworth movie called Cabin in the Woods. This is NOT a critics movie. Any idiot can tell you that. It's a dumb action movie. Of course they're gonna hate it. They have to hate something and Twilight has become too easy of a target. Red Dawn is a cool, badass, GUY movie. If you have any balls you'll go and see it.
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It got a B cinemascore. Audience reaction hasn't been bad. But whatever. You guys are never gonna see it anyway, so why waste my time.
I don't have the balls to waste whatever little spending money I have on this. And a 'B' cinemascore is nothing to hang your hat on. Thats not a good grade for something like this.

I heard the special effects were pretty solid. Thats about it.
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Yeah, I have not heard too many kind things about this movie. Then again I'm not a fan of the original even though I love 80s movies. Still not quite sure how my brain worked that out.
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Make no mistake its not no Skyfall its just not aweful and has some decent action in it and if want something not Cullen then its worth going too.
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a 'B' cinemascore is nothing to hang your hat on. Thats not a good grade for something like this.
It's a dumb action movie. Those type of films usually get a "C" or worse. Trust me. This movie is a lot better than critics and Internet hyperbole will have you believe. If you love action, you will like Red Dawn. It's wall-to-wall action, all of which are good, and Chris Hemsworth is a badass. If you can watch an average Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sly Stallone movie, you can watch Chris Hemsworth blowing up North Koreans for 90 minutes.
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I didn't say it was shocking.
Yeah you did not. But the 12% says it all...
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This movie is a young hick's wet dream.
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Interesting way to describe it.
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If you have any balls you'll go and see it.
Wait, you don't have any balls right?!? Why did you go see it then?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:23 PM   #25
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I enjoyed this, both versions were better in their seperate ways, I thought the deer scene was better in this one lol, I like the scene,(boys avenge meeeeeee!) in the original. Just scenes like that some were better some I liked alittle less, some things were changed. The thing about this movie is it has me wanting a sequel, loved the last shot of the movie. I would love a bigger budget and really see america fight back.
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