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Calling All Wolverines - Check Out This Clip From RED DAWN

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here coming down off a Fantastic Fest high with a peak at the new RED DAWN film hitting theaters November 21.

And the fest ended with a bang, (quite a few actually) with director Dan Bradley's new RED DAWN flick. I really liked it - it's packed with some of the most talented young "New Hollywood" actors and actresses (as well as THE COMEDIAN!) giving some damn fine performances and it totally delivers on the action. Is it some magnificiant piece of arthouse cinema gold, like say BLACK SWAN? No, but that doesn't seem to be what they were going for at all. If you're looking to have a good time and just go with it, you can't help but really dig it. It does feel like a "love it or hate it film" - I loved it.

Here's a taste:


So what do you ladies and gents think? Shoot off in the Talkbacks below!


- Mike McCutchen



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  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by dznutzforu

    I wish this was good. I just don't think it will be...

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Red Dawn, brought to you by director Michael Bay

    by Por Kins

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    wow there's some fucked gci over there

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    I mean, c'mon, how hard it is to get some decent fake airplanes/parachutes theses days?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    fucked up cgi

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Heres the pitch scenario

    by magnetoelectric

    Picture starts off with kids in a high school class that see parachuting invasion troops landing right out their window.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    It looks like a pilot for a network series destined for cancellation

    by Wolfman Nards

  • ...but they caved. How am I supposed to feel like this is a bad ass movie? Its supposed to be North Korea or something? Invading in hot air balloons, attacking with sharpened sticks?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by Zipperhead

    Instead of Wolverines they yell SEAHAWKS!

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Oh Joy Joy

    by BikerZero

    more militaristic jingoism. oh hooray. another example of dumb shit coming outha dumbshits hollywood. oooh look he's a marine on a break from active service and it so happens the bad people attack, and he's there...yeah fuck this shit.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Jericho did it better

    by Redc40

    And yes they were pussies for scrubbing the Chinese out of this. North Koreans? That's a laugh. When they buried Kim Jong-Il they had to rip off Steve McGarrett's Lincoln to use for a for a hearse. Don't believe that? Well see for yourself:

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Someone took a Tripp Vinson all over this movie

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Came to be known as the Kim Chi war

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    The stink nearly finished us off, But with all the Obamic might we could muster, we prevailed.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Mmmmm, nope.

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Just doesn't work. Not that it's exactly a great source for material, but the original just caught the right tone. Saw the trailer when it was posted on AICN a month or so ago, and there is no sense of desperation. However, it does make sense that North Korea would do an airdrop over a suburban American community, because the first things the troops would want to do would be to break into every kitchen they could find to get something to eat. That daily tablespoon of rice just doesn't keep the fighting man going, Dear Leader's jowls notwithstanding.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    You really want to know what I think?

    by kongoman

    I think you guys will say nice things about a movie, even if it stinks, if you guys get invited to the set or are giving advanced screenings to provide to people who are fans of the site. I know there are exceptions to the rule, but it is generally true.

  • Nothing spectacular, but nothing too offensive for your precious eyes. It's a fine action flick for teens. Get. Over. It.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Why would AintItCool cover such a film? It's not cool!

    by batfunk

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    by DrMorbius


  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Another remake?

    by The StarWolf

    Wake me when Hollywood does something ORIGINAL for a change.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Nice Dinosaur Jr. tee

    by skoolbus

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    paratroopers were not dropping, but floating!

    by Papa CaveDweller

  • ...if nothing else, if that snippet is indicative of the quality of the entire movie--shakycam during a scene in a truck?!?--I might at least get some laughs out of it. And if that occurs, it will succeed in part as did its predecessor ("Avenge me! AVENNNNNGE MEEEEEE!").

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Chris Moody

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    This might just be one of the stupidest movies to come out in a long time.

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Whats wrong with AINT covering a film, it is their job

    by iluvsyfy

    I liked the clip, and it was realistic, especially the crashing mig and the missile hit on the transport. So why all the hate?

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Where did North Korea get so many planes?

    by HndMeFood

    Last time I checked they couldn't even afford basic necessities for their country.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    @Bikerzero and further thoughts on the film.

    by Sithtastic

    More jingoism? Where? The original was hardly a glorification of war (B/c nothing says "jingoism" like dying of starvation and pnuemonia in the Rockies). This is at best an unrealistic popcorn with cardboard cutout villians made for teeny bopper set (yes, I know the original was PG-13...but that was the 80's). It's not that I don't like the set piece or the way its shot, it's simply that audiences have been outright spoiled by CGI and it'd be nice to have something organic. Also caving on the protagonists was a total dick move.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    They know it's fucked.

    by Dkev00

    Their just hoping the new popularity of Chris Hemsworth will put people in the seats for the opening weekend at least. Not to mention there fucking physical differences between Chinese and Koreans. Just as bad as using Chinese to play Japanese.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    The Hollywood self-censorship is a deal-breaker.

    by spire_walk

    And another thing, all the fagtards that cry "jingoism and '80s cold war paranoia" over Red Dawn are nothing but the children of the red diaper babies of the '60s. The loudest critics of Red Dawn were, and always have been, the sympathizers of totalitarian communist regimes and their leftwing hipster douchebag children.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    America...FUCK YEAH!

    by Mistahtibbs

    Agreed, brother. God-DAMNED apologists from some of the biggest mass-murderers in history. And, fuck the Chi-Comm gov. I'll watch it, on vid, and see it as a Chinese invasion. Bunch of pussies. Geez. Watching from the brim of America's Hat© mt

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Because he's dead.

    by F-18

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    What is this? It's North Korea attacking the US of course!

    by btc909

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for a South Park episode on this.

    by btc909

  • As much as i despise jingosism, especially of the "USA! USA!" kind, it would be an amusing social experiment to see authority groups or Republicans try to foster a sense of jingosim or patriotism in today's Facebook obsessed, narcissistic and rather shallow Gen Y youth. Seriously, i'm only 32 and i don't fucking get teenagers today. Perhaps you fabricate to an isolated pack of kids that the US has been invaded by an occupying force, make them believe it and see how you can change them into right wing warriors. I hate for vocalising the idea, but it could make for the most fucked up reality TV show ever. ...Wow...i really hate myself for writing this.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Always feels chicken shit...

    by Bass Ackwards

    ...when guys on the site back-handedly praise a film by saying well its not Citizen Kane, or of course its not Black Swan. Its like they're prepping to backpedal later when everyone else sees the film and starts pointing out that its shit. *Hey hey, I said I liked it, but I never said it was good...* Same about the remark that people will either love it or hate it, this phrase seems to have lost meaning and its often thrown around to films people are largely lukewarm to. The phrase is more apt to films that unsettle, instigate, and touch people in ways that may infuriate some or impassion others, not simply to say hey, some people like it and some people don't.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't this remake be called Red Dong?

    by CodeName

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 4:41 a.m. CST

    I realize that AICN is not a bastion of immaculate spelling...

    by Lord Haw Haw

    ...but after seeing this particular word mangled for the thousandth time, I can no longer be silent. It's "peek". Not "peak". Given the spelling of the companion word "sneak", the mistake is somewhat understandable. But I just couldn't take it anymore. "Peek." Copy, paste, do what you have to do.

  • ah the irony..who has the real power now, one might ask. but hey, in the end a bunch of American teenage kids who never fought a war in their lives will save the 'free' world. hallaluja!

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Agree - it looks like a TV pilot

    by DVaderRIP

    Although that's not necessarily a condemnation. But the main problem is that this could NEVER FUCKING HAPPEN. Those planes would have been batted out of the sky hours before they even reached mainland USA. In 1984 it was plausible, but now, faced with an actual invasion, the US would turn it's entire strength on that North Korean force when it was halfway across the pacific - and they would not last 60 fucking seconds. 30 minutes later there'd be a fucking mushroom cloud over Pyong Yang the size of Mount Everest. The only force that could even conceivably mount an actual invasion of mainland US is China, and even they wouldn't have much of a chance. The amount of feet on the ground is no longer the deciding factor, and people don't fully realize just how much of a gap there is between China in the number 2 spot, and the US. Now this is not even talking about the political or economic sense (or lack of it) behind such an invasion, who's signed off on it, what the geo-political response would be... no. I'm just talking about the feasibility of an actual invasion in the Lower 48, and bottom line it's fucking ridiculous. Your force would not even make it to Hawaii.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    i love how they still have those WW2 parachutes

    by Windowlicker74

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    fucking stupid shit

    by James

    More stupid shit for dumb fucking people.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    They should sell it as a parody...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Saw the trailer attached to Looper and the audience laughed at it... LAUGHED AT IT. So they need to figure this out and just pitch it as a movie mocking action films. Also won't people feel weird watching this movie? For a decade we've seen videos of guerilla fighters attacking American forces. Now we're suppose to watch American teens using terrorist tactics on Chinese or Koreans or whatever they are and celebrate or be pumped about it? I think this movie is mostly aimed at white people in their 50's who live in the middle of the country. People who can't tell the differences between cultures and still believe in the Rah rah rah USA stuff. Also how can anyone watch that and not instantly start asking questions like? "How is that even possible?"... "Why would North Korea do this?"... "Wouldn't North Korea invade South Korea first?"... The only way I buy this is that this plan is isolated and was made to distract the US while North Korea invades South Korea and Japan or something. Because why and how would North Korea assume invading the US would work?... Assume that sci-fi weapon they have was real. It shuts down like all the power in the country or whatever the fuck it does. How would North Korea have the forces to occupy America? It just can't do it. So what is the end game? Control Seattle? They want all the coffee and Seahawks gear? The movie is almost too stupid to exist. I get shut off your brain type movies but fuck this just doesn't make any sense. On top of that the comedy factor that this movie constantly is pushing "AMERICA RULES", "KILL ANYONE WHO TRIES TO STOP THE AMERICAN WAY!"... Oh but when you try and make the bad guys Chinese they call and we obey them like the American slaves we are... It's all just a huge joke if you think about it.

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    "Your force would not even make it to Hawaii" IDK about that

    by magnetoelectric

    If you cant think of all the possible scenarios in which we could successfully be invaded (Now / Today)then you simply lack imagination. That cartel of Sheikhs put an oil Embargo on us in the not-so-distant past.(the 70's) How much oil in "reserves" do you think we actually have? And before anyone jumps down my throat - I'm just free-balling speculation here. A lot of movie magic isnt what rests on "realistic" or "plausible" but rather, whats behind the "possible"

  • BOYCOTT MARVEL AND DISNEY..and f'ck samuel jackson for tr

  • Sept. 29, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST


    by doom master

    All this rehash shit is SO oversaturated in the media that I find myself only watching maybe a small handful of movies a year now... Because people are too afraid to take chances and give us original ideas... Instead we get shit like THIS.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Should've had Liechtenstein be the enemy. Maybe

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    a coalition of microstates: San Marino, Andorra, Monaco, etc.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Why are the Aussies fighting for us? Anyhow,

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    North Koreans would immediately defect, for a loaf of bread.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST

    @spire_walk Go fuck yourself with that broad brush. I was born in '73, and am

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    hard left, and I love my 80's jingoistic movies.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    So I guess the UN loaned out the C-130's to North Korea

    by Mace Tofu

    so they could invade the USA. C-130's loaned to the UN by the USA in the first place. We funded our own doom I guess. Also glad to see some Redneck had an RPG handy to shoot down one of the passing planes. Bring back China as the villain if your even going to make this film today or just make up a fake country if your that balless.