This Thanksgiving, The Fight Begins At Dawn
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Director: Dan Bradley
Writer: Carl Ellsworth (screenplay) and Jeremy Passmore (story)
Co-starring: Chris Hemsworth (as Jed), Josh Peck (as Matt), Adrianne Palicki (as Toni), Josh Hutcherson (as Robert), Connor Cruise (as Daryl), Edwin Hodge (as Danny), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (as Col. Andy Tanner)
Filming: Filmed in Michigan from September to December 2009.
Box Office: Made $14m on its opening weekend in the US, ranking #7 in the box office, going on to take $44m there. Took $17m during first week in the US. Made $1m on opening week in Australia.
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 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.
The film was originally set for release on November 24th 2010, but earlier in that year the studio producing the film, MGM, ran out of money and therefore were unable to promote or release the film at that time. In early January 2011 MGM received a $500 million line credit from JPMorgan and hopes are now raised for a release date late in 2011. The film is complete (bar the soundtrack, according to some reports), it just needs to be promoted and released. As of October 2011 the film has a studio (FilmDistrict) and reports suggest they will release the film in 2012.
US – November 21st 2012
Singapore – November 22nd 2012
Norway – November 23rd 2012
Australia – November 29th 2012
Denmark – November 29th 2012
Greece – November 29th 2012
Hong Kong – November 29th 2012
Portugal – December 6th 2012
Brazil – December 7th 2012
Germany – December 27th 2012
UK – March 15th 2013
DVD (US) – March 5th 2013
• Isabel is reunited with her Home & Away co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Jason Smith in this movie, with Chris taking a leading role.
• Isabel met Tom Cruise on the set, who was visiting his son Connor. Isabel says he was very generous with his time and visited a lot. He even took them to a football game, where they sat in a box up top.
• In March 2011 it was announced that the studio were spending $1m to change the villains of the film from Chinese to North Korean. All – or as many as possible – references to China are to be digitally removed and replaced with North Korea. One of the producers said they believed this would make it “a scarier, smarter and more dangerous ‘Red Dawn’ that we believe improves the movie”. In response to criticism that an invasion of American by North Korea wasn’t plausible or believeable, producer Tripp Vinson said that they consulted with “military think tanks” on that possibility, and that they “listened well” to those experts.
• Had its first US screening at the Fantastic Fest in October 2012.
» Isabel Lucas – “It was really cool because it was a younger cast, and there was a lot of vibrancy. Especially from Connor Cruise, who’s so enthused all the time.”
» Isabel Lucas – “The experience of Transformers, or even Red Dawn, which we just shot in Michigan, they’re both very visual films and it wasn’t so much about the character story, it’s like a massive commercial.”
» Isabel Lucas – “I’ve heard it’s amazing but I haven’t seen the finished product yet. We were doing boot camps and martial-arts training, learning to use different weaponry in the cold Detroit winter. It’s classic action. When you’re an actor, when opportunities come up, you go with the flow. You jump.” (Speaking in March 2011)
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• Screen Daily: “[...] delivers some decent action sequences with a good quota of pyrotechnic effects. But the punctuating scenes are weak, with nondescript characters and overwrought performances. As a result there’s little emotional build up or payoff – other than the predictably crowd-pleasing sight of spunky young freedom fighters kicking enemy butt.”
• Indie Wire: “Not to sell the supporting players short, the best that can be said about Hutcherson, Palicki, Lucas and Cruise is that they each serve their roles equally well, alternately young and helpful and frightened and brave and swooning and rarely ever more outstanding than any given moment requires them to be.”
• ConevMovies.com: “The script by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore lays down a fairly solid foundation for the new film, and I’d love to read it to see how much the finished film hews to what was on the page. The cast this time is filled with really solid choices, including Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Brett Cullen, and many of them do really solid work in the film.”
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