- Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Connor Cruise, Edwin Hodge, Alyssa Diaz, Brett Cullen, Michael Beach, Will Yun Lee, Matt Gerald, Kenneth Choi, Ron Yuan, Fernando Chien, Mark Schlereth, Steve Lenz, Lucas Kerr, Julian Alcaraz, Rusty Mewha, Kimberly Koltyk, Kelly Jennings, Noah Smith, Spencer Strong Smith
- Director: Dan Bradley
- Writers: Carl Ellsworth, Jeremy Passmore, Kevin Reynolds, John Milius
- Producers: Beau Flynn, Vincent Newman, Tripp Vinson
- Executive Producer: Kevin Halloran
- Art Directions: Gina B. Cranham, Tom Reta
- Castings: Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood
- Costume Design: Catherine George
- D.O.P.: Mitchell Amundsen
- Editor: Hughes Winborne
- Makeup: Dennis Liddiard
- Music: Ramin Djawadi
- Production Design: Dominic Watkins
- Set Decoration: Daniel B. Clancy
In "Red Dawn," an American city 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Michigan, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of intense war violence and action, and for language
- Production Budget: $75 million
- Production Companies: Contrafilm, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Vincent Newman Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 8 September 2009 - 11 December 2009
2012 Guide Analysis: "One of two Chris Hemsworth-led films to have been stuck on a shelf for years due to MGM's bankruptcy, this $75 million rehash of John Milius' anachronistic 1984 cult hit keeps the basic premise of students finding out their small town has become the foothold for a foreign invasion and so reorganise themselves into a group of guerilla resistance fighters.
With the Cold War long over, said invading army has had to change for this version and throughout filming the Chinese were set to be the bad guys. Then, over concern the lucrative Chinese market would take offense at this, the various flags and insignia in the film are being changed to that of North Korea. Now with the death of Kim Jong Il and that entire country's future in flux, it would seem as if the filmmakers can't win no matter what they do.
2009's very 'Dawn'-esque Australian film "Tomorrow, When the War Began" showed that in spite of its inherent silliness, the concept can still fly so long as the characters rather than the situation itself remain the focus. Yet the continual delays have left many understandably cautious. None of the major studios are touching it, leaving small newcomer FilmDistrict to handle the U.S. distribution rights. Could it ultimately be alright or is this little more than jerk off material for nostalgic fanboys and gun nuts who regard "Wanted" as an intellectual masterpiece?"