Running time: 115 minutes
Soviets start the World War III and invade United States. American defence falls apart, but unlikely heroes arise in Colorado to face the invaders - group of teenagers avoid being captured and start to fight back the guerilla way.
Another day in small town in Colorado starts like any other day, teenagers go to school, plan what they will do in the afternoon. But their day is cut short by unusual sight in the sky - hundreds of paratroopers jump out of the planes and land on the school yard. The teacher is shot dead while he was approaching the soldiers, the red stars on their uniforms leave no doubts that Soviet invasion on United States has just started. The students flee, but some of them are killed by the soldiers. Jed manages to get to his pickup truck and together with his brother they run away. Meanwhile the Soviet paratroopers and their allies from Cuba invade the area and arrest most of the residents. Some of them are put in a prison camp in the middle of the town, where they are guarded, some of them are killed on the spot. Jed and few teenagers, who avoided being caught by the enemies have to take refuge in the woods, where they can be safe for some time. Armed only with hunting weapons they decide to face the enemy and fight for their town...
Classic war film with elements of adventure - group of teenager became guerillas when their country is invaded by Soviet and Cuban forces. With cast that included future start like Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson or C. Thomas Howell, interesting script and realistic look how World War III could looked like for the civilians, Red Dawn became a classic war flick. Of course it wasn’t a masterpiece, it had its flaws, but even after all the years this is still quite entertaining war film.
Our rating: 6.4 / 10
Film value: 8 / 10
Realism factor: 3 / 5
Adventure factor: 4 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 1 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.