Red Dawn In Red Dawn , a group of American high school kids outwit, outlast, and outplay an army of evil foreigners who have invaded Spokane, Wash.,… Red Dawn In Red Dawn , a group of American high school kids outwit, outlast, and outplay an army of evil foreigners who have invaded Spokane, Wash.,… 2012-11-21 PG-13 PT114M Action/Adventure Chris Hemsworth Josh Hutcherson Josh Peck FilmDistrict
Movie Review

Red Dawn (2012)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
NATIONAL PRIDE Chris Hemsworth and his fellow high schoolers battle commies in Red Dawn
Image credit: Ron Phillips
NATIONAL PRIDE Chris Hemsworth and his fellow high schoolers battle commies in Red Dawn
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Nov 21, 2012; Rated: PG-13; Length: 114 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Josh Peck; Distributor: FilmDistrict

In Red Dawn, a group of American high school kids outwit, outlast, and outplay an army of evil foreigners who have invaded Spokane, Wash., with the intention of...well, of making audiences nostalgic for Commie-era movies featuring evil foreigners one could gaily boo without worrying about real-life consequences. It so happens that the meanies in this videogame-lite remake of John Milius' Reaganite 1984 gonzo classic are North Korean. (They were originally supposed to be Chinese, but the producers got nervous at the last minute about offending the planet's rising superpower.)

The aggressors could have easily been Indonesian, or Cambodian, or any foreigners, really, for all that politics matter in this fantasy of young people going rogue and fighting for their right to party, American-style. (They call themselves the Wolverines, after their high school football team. BOO-yah.) Under the direction of longtime stunt coordinator Dan Bradley (The Bourne Ultimatum), the cast looks pretty while playing with guns — but nothing more. Thor's Chris Hemsworth leads the pack as a high school football star-turned-Marine, while Josh Peck plays his stubborn younger brother. There's also a collection of junior guerrillas, including The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson and Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki. Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda! C

Originally posted Nov 20, 2012 Published in issue #1235 Nov 30, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Oct 26 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Ouija
Universal
$20.0 1 $20.0 C-
2.
John Wick
Lionsgate
$14.1 1 $14.1 A-
3.
Fury
Sony
$13.0 2 $46.0 C+
4.
Gone Girl
Fox
$11.1 4 $124.1 A
5. $9.8 2 $29.9 A-
6.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$8.1 3 $9.2 B
7. $7.0 3 $45.5 B
8.
The Best of Me
Relativity
$4.7 2 $17.7 D
9.
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$4.3 3 $34.4 B
10.
Dracula Untold
Universal
$4.3 3 $48.3 C
* in millions

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