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 guerrilla 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.
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. Jed Eckert
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.”
About The Characters In Red Dawn
Chris Hemsworth plays Jed Eckert, the unofficial leader of the Wolverines. Back in Spokane, on leave from the Marines, he and his younger brother, Matt, lead a group of young adults into the woods where they not only survive, but take the fight to the enemy. Josh Peck plays Matt Eckert, Jed’s younger brother and the town’s star quarterback. Initially a bit of a hothead who only thinks about himself, Matt constantly clashes with his brother. However, as the Wolverines get deeper and deeper into their insurgency, Matt begins to display real leadership qualities.
Adrianne Palicki plays Toni, who joins the Wolverines after Matt and Jed return to town to begin their surveillance of the North Koreans. Tough and no-nonsense, Toni soon becomes a valuable warrior to the group and eventually falls in love with Jed.
Josh Hutcherson plays Robert, the Wolverines’ tech geek. He is responsible for getting the radio and communications devices up and running. He doesn’t look the part, but he is quickly transformed into a skilled warrior.
Isabel Lucas plays Erica, the head cheerleader and Matt’s girlfriend. After the invasion she is incarcerated in an internment camp. Her liberation becomes a point of dangerous obsession for Matt.
Connor Cruise plays Daryl, the son of Spokane’s Mayor and Robert’s best friend. A bit unsure of himself but at a time when things matter the most, he will rise to the occasion.
Edwin Hodge plays Danny, the coolest kid in school, a star receiver, and Matt’s best friend. Danny helps the Wolverines survive the invasion and establish the resistance.
Directed by: Dan Bradley
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Connor Cruise, Alyssa Diaz
Screenplay by: Carl Ellsworth, Jeremy Passmore
Production Design by: Dominic Watkins
Cinematography by: Mitchell Amundsen
Film Editing by: Richard Pearson
Costume Design by: Catherine George
Set Decoration by: Daniel B. Clancy
Art Direction by: Gina B. Cranham, Tom Reta
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language.
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Related Link: View the Full Production Notes for Red Dawn