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Red Dawn

action & adventure


An American city is surprised by the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky.The U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Citizens are held as prisoners while their town is under enemy occupation.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    12%
  • Audience Score
    51%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Forgettable remake has lots of explosions, war action.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 teen-soldier drama. As in the original, there are several battle scenes that feature character deaths (mostly from shooting, but also from explosions and hand-to-hand combat). There's a some strong language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch," and one "f--k") and a couple of passionate kisses, but it's really the body count and some iffy racial issues (all of the minority characters die, and the North Korean enemies were originally Chinese) that are most likely to raise eyebrows. But the movie, especially if seen in conjunction with the original, could still provide some good discussion fodder about the historical threat of Communism versus today's more technological threats. And you can expect teens to be interested, thanks to stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Red Dawn's violence. How does it compare to what you've seen in other action movies? In horror movies? Which has more impact, and why?
  • The movie's antagonists were originally the Chinese, but the studio changed the enemy to the North Koreans. Why do you think the change was made? Do you think the Koreans pose a real threat to America? Does that affect how you experience the movie?
  • For those familiar with the original, how does this iteration compare to the '80s version? Some critics have accused the remake of being racist, both in its depiction of Asians and the way it kills off all the kids of color. What do you think?
  • Talk about the enduring popularity of remakes. Does this take on Red Dawn seem as relevant as the first film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    12%
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  • Audience

    51%

Audience Reviews

1 star

First off, why? I mean, at least the original had something to do with current events when it came out. This one just comes across as having no point. Second, it's boring AND dumb. But, at least I had a fun time mocking it. Overall- What did I expect? Just another lame remake.

- drcamyo, Saturday, December 1, 2012

1 star

First off, why? I mean, at least the original had something to do with current events when it came out. This one just comes across as having no point. Second, it's boring AND dumb. But, at least I had a fun time mocking it. Overall- What did I expect? Just another lame remake.

- drcamyo, Saturday, December 1, 2012

3 stars

I liked this one just as much as I did the original. Of course, I don't hold the original up in high regards so that's not saying a whole lot. It's entertaining and that's all it's trying to be at the end of the day. The cast comes in and says their lines and shoots their guns. There was only one that stood out and it wasn't for his talent.

- superclerk25, Saturday, December 1, 2012