"We're not doing too bad for a bunch of kids--We're gonna fight. We're gonna keep
fighting 'cause it's easier now and we're used to it...But when you're fighting in
your own back yard...When you're fighting for your family...It all hurts a little
less and makes a little more sense...That's our biggest advantage. For them, this
is just a place. For us --- this is our home.
In Red Dawn, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign
paratroopers dropping from the sky - shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and
their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens
find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to
fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods,
training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking
inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the
"Wolverines", banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from
its captors, and take back their freedom.
Red Dawn is a re-boot of the 1984 box office cult-classic hit film that made
stars of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, C. Thomas
Howell, Darren Dalton, Brad Savage and Powers Booth. The timing on the release
of that action film couldn't have been better; it was in an era when the Cold
War was still kicking and then-President Ronald Reagan was calling the Soviet
Union the "evil empire." Now under the direction of first-time director Dan
Bradley, the 2012 release boasts a cast of Hollywood's new up and coming actors
including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel
Lucas, Connor Cruise and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And now, the timing of this
re-boot couldn't be better. The essential themes of the original remain the same
- fighting for what you believe in and protecting your homeland. Home on leave
from the Marines, Jed Eckert (Hemsworth) and his brother Matt (Peck) have the
initial instinct to fight back when their small town is attacked by North Korean
soldiers- a different take from the Soviet Union invasion of the original film.
The brothers and their friends form an insurgent group to take their fight to
the streets in a valiant attempt to outwit and overcome the intruders, save
their homes and their country, and take back their freedom.
Producer Tripp Vinson says, "The re-boot is heavily inspired by the original.
There are a lot of fans out there that loved the original, but we spent a lot of
time thinking about the story and how to augment it to make it work in today's
world. I think we've done a pretty good job of it."
The contemporary action thriller is directed by Dan Bradley (Quantum of Solace
as second unit director) and is produced by Beau Flynn (Journey 2: The
Mysterious Island, The Guardian) and Tripp Vinson (The Guardian). Kevin Halloran
(Tooth Fairy) and Vince Newman (A Man Apart) served as executive producers. The
screenplay was written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia), Jeremy Passmore (Special)
and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton). Richard Pearson (Iron Man 2) edited, with a
score by Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man).
The cast features Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Snow White And the Huntsman, Avengers,
Star Trek), Josh Peck (The Wackness), Adrianne Palicki (G.I. Joe: Retaliation,
TV's "Friday Night Lights"), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games, Journey 2: The
Mysterious Island), Connor Cruise (Seven), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge
of the Fallen), Edwin Hodge ("Young Americans"), Alyssa Diaz (Oh Baby!), Julian
Alcaraz (Becoming Eduardo), Will Yun Lee (Elektra), Brett Cullen (Reunion),
Michael Beach (Hell Ride) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Possession and
ABC's "Grey's Anatomy").
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