Red Dawn (2012)

In Spokane, Washington, the population is awake by a North Koran invasion with paratroopers. The marine Jed Eckert and his brother Matt Eckert escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods. They witness the cruel Captain Cho executing their father and they decide to form a resistance group named Wolverines fighting against the invaders.

Chris As: Jed Eckert
Additional Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, Edwin Hodge, Brett Cullen, Alyssa Diaz, Julian Alcaraz, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kenneth Choi
Directed By: Dan Bradley
Written By: Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Genre: Action, War
Runtime: 93 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Additional Info: Internet Movie Database

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Facts and Trivia

– Chris Hemsworth and Isabel Lucas were both in the Australian soap opera Home and Away and dated in real life.

– The invading army in the original 1984 movie was the Soviet Union, which no longer exists, and Cuba. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) was chosen as the enemy in this updated version.

– Shot and completed in 2009. It was originally scheduled for release on November 24, 2010. It was shelved for almost 2 years due to MGM’s financial troubles.

– When the group is talking about things they miss, one person says “Call of Duty Modern Warfare”. One stage of Modern Warfare 2 is called “Wolverines”, taken from the original movie, in which a foreign Army invades America.

Goofs and Errors

Continuity: As Robert Kitner fires his machine gun while he’s on the rooftop, the camera shows he only has about 5 rounds left, yet he fires about 40 more.

Continuity: About 15 minutes into the movie, when Jed and the guys escape in the pickup truck, they go off-road. The cat-back exhaust is visibly missing. When they get back on the road, the exhaust is suddenly hanging down and dragging on the ground. In the next shot the exhaust is gone again.

Continuity: After Matt yells to Peter in the car to follow them and they are driving through the park, Peter’s car pulls behind the truck. In the next shot the black Jeep is behind the truck. Then Peter’s car is behind the truck again, and then the Jeep is behind the truck.

Audio/Visual Unsynchronised : When Captain Cho gets into his vehicle at the beginning of the first chase scene, he closes the door with a loud slam. The door is clearly a standard HMMWV soft door with a plastic door handle, and would not make such a noise.

Factual Errors: When the Wolverines are about to ambush the Koreans at their town rally, Darrel looks down the scope on his AK47 and the lenses cap on the back of the scope is down, blocking Darrel’s view of both his dad, and his true target.

Errors in Geography: The bus carrying hostages in Spokane is labeled Ballard School District. Ballard is a suburb of Seattle, 275 miles west of Spokane.

Movie Quotes

Jed Eckert: “You fucked with the wrong family.”

Jed Eckert: “Marines don’t die, they go to hell and regroup.”

Tanner: “We’re trying to link up with a group of insurgents working in the area. Call themselves Wolverines. You ever hear of them?”
Julie: “Yeah, we’ve heard of them.”
Jed Eckert: “You here to help them out?”
Tanner: “No. Actually, we were hoping they can help us out.”