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Red Dawn-ish Aussie movie Tomorrow When the War Began gets more tomorrows

09.13.2010

I haven't seen the movie or read the original source material, so I can't say for certain if the Aussie action movie TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN is a complete "ripoff" of RED DAWN... but it does seem awfully familiar.

The movie (based on a series of bestselling books by John Marsden) is about a group of teens who engage in guerrilla tactics against a foreign army invading their land. And the first one is such a hit in its home country, they're apparently already working on sequels.

According to Heat Vision, the current plan is to get writer-director Stuart Beattie (a Hollywood writer/script doctor known for COLLATERAL, G.I. JOE and others) at work on a pair of sequels, which will be done back-to-back with the original cast.

The way things are going, we'll see this and its sequels in the US before an official release of the actual RED DAWN remake, which is still in limbo due to MGM's ongoing financial problems. You can check out the TOMORROW trailer below.

Extra Tidbit: Any Australian readers out there who have seen this yet?
Source: Heat Vision

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1:06AM on 09/15/2010

Stupid article

This article frustrates me exponentially. What right do you have making stupid comparative assumptions when you have never even read the books nor seen the movie?

Wow, so the two have similar concepts. Well you know what? So does Dracula and Twilight.

Get your facts right before you start posting crap. Unlike Red Dawn, TWTWB focuses more on the growth of the protagonists. It's not as guerrilla centered.

So please, pick up the books and then express your thoughts.
This article frustrates me exponentially. What right do you have making stupid comparative assumptions when you have never even read the books nor seen the movie?

Wow, so the two have similar concepts. Well you know what? So does Dracula and Twilight.

Get your facts right before you start posting crap. Unlike Red Dawn, TWTWB focuses more on the growth of the protagonists. It's not as guerrilla centered.

So please, pick up the books and then express your thoughts.
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6:07PM on 09/14/2010

Stacey should be in the Hunger Games

The lead actress in this movie, Caitlen Stacey needs to forget about sequels to this aussie garbage and sign up to play Katniss in The Hunger Games quick smart. And before you all start, I am Australian... Our movies suck...
The lead actress in this movie, Caitlen Stacey needs to forget about sequels to this aussie garbage and sign up to play Katniss in The Hunger Games quick smart. And before you all start, I am Australian... Our movies suck...
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10:26AM on 09/14/2010
I've heard rumblings about this project for a while now and I'm definitely intrigued.
I've heard rumblings about this project for a while now and I'm definitely intrigued.
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8:17AM on 09/14/2010

(shouts from cliff) WALLABIES!!!

I want to see this come out over here. Trailers look good, and judging by IMDB, it appears the Aussies loved it. Wouldn't call it a "ripoff" of Red Dawn -- to do that, you'd have to say that the book it was based on, considered one of Australia's great novels, was also a ripoff. I think it's just unfortunate timing that it came out at around the same time that the Red Dawn remake went into production (who knows if that's ever getting released).

Too bad the books flopped when they were
I want to see this come out over here. Trailers look good, and judging by IMDB, it appears the Aussies loved it. Wouldn't call it a "ripoff" of Red Dawn -- to do that, you'd have to say that the book it was based on, considered one of Australia's great novels, was also a ripoff. I think it's just unfortunate timing that it came out at around the same time that the Red Dawn remake went into production (who knows if that's ever getting released).

Too bad the books flopped when they were released in America. That means that we're probably never getting this movie over here. Ah well, there's always (ahem) "other" ways to watch it...
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7:59AM on 09/14/2010

Review

Won't write a full review but basically I'm an English guy working at a cinema in New Zealand. I watched this movie last week. Its a similar idea to Red Dawn obviously, but aside from being a possibly stolen idea its honestly not a bad film. I never read the books but I really enjoyed this movie. You have to understand that half the 'actors' in this film are from Australia soaps - So if you can get past the soap style acting you should really get into it. Lets put it this way; Id rather sit
Won't write a full review but basically I'm an English guy working at a cinema in New Zealand. I watched this movie last week. Its a similar idea to Red Dawn obviously, but aside from being a possibly stolen idea its honestly not a bad film. I never read the books but I really enjoyed this movie. You have to understand that half the 'actors' in this film are from Australia soaps - So if you can get past the soap style acting you should really get into it. Lets put it this way; Id rather sit through this again than be forced to watched the expendables again. That movie was WEAK.
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6:35AM on 09/14/2010
I enjoyed it but it is a set up movie to a possible 7,its actually a lot different to Red Dawn
I enjoyed it but it is a set up movie to a possible 7,its actually a lot different to Red Dawn
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3:46AM on 09/14/2010

Great flick

I've been looking forward to this movie and it didn't disappoint. I am a fan though and an Aussie.
I've been looking forward to this movie and it didn't disappoint. I am a fan though and an Aussie.
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3:00AM on 09/14/2010
Has anyone here actually seen Red Dawn? This looks exactly the same. Interesting how the guy who says it's a rip-off gets the thumbs down.
Has anyone here actually seen Red Dawn? This looks exactly the same. Interesting how the guy who says it's a rip-off gets the thumbs down.
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1:57AM on 09/14/2010
i didnt read the books but i like the movie
i didnt read the books but i like the movie
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1:17AM on 09/14/2010

Yet to see.

The books never mention who is the invading force. However the movie mention them as "the coalition", made up of a few Asian countries.
The books never mention who is the invading force. However the movie mention them as "the coalition", made up of a few Asian countries.
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1:03AM on 09/14/2010

Why am I rooting for these kids?

Maybe it's because I'm in the middle of watching The Wire and its street-wise characters, but I don't feel much depth from these teens.
Maybe it's because I'm in the middle of watching The Wire and its street-wise characters, but I don't feel much depth from these teens.
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12:57AM on 09/14/2010
While I have yet to see the film, the trailer is good, and man, I freaking love, love, love that title. Plus, the last few Australian films I saw were amazing, so here's hoping.
While I have yet to see the film, the trailer is good, and man, I freaking love, love, love that title. Plus, the last few Australian films I saw were amazing, so here's hoping.
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12:34AM on 09/14/2010

Haven't read the books? Don't Bother

This is pretty much for fans of the books. Reviews coming out of Australia suggest that people who aren't familiar with the books won't believe what's going on and don't connect with the film. Those that have read the books generally like it a lot.
This is pretty much for fans of the books. Reviews coming out of Australia suggest that people who aren't familiar with the books won't believe what's going on and don't connect with the film. Those that have read the books generally like it a lot.
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12:21AM on 09/14/2010
dont bother shit movie red dawn rip off & yeah from sydney Australia come on MGM bring on Red Dawn.
dont bother shit movie red dawn rip off & yeah from sydney Australia come on MGM bring on Red Dawn.
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12:18AM on 09/14/2010
So what country is the invading army from? Let me guess, that would be the good ol U.S. of A? Nahhhh
So what country is the invading army from? Let me guess, that would be the good ol U.S. of A? Nahhhh
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12:05AM on 09/14/2010

What the crap?!

Come on MGM! List of movie they are fucking up The Hobbit, James Bond, Red Dawn remake Cabin in the Woods, and now this?! Granted it's nothing revolutionary or even original but I'm a sucker for crap like this.
Come on MGM! List of movie they are fucking up The Hobbit, James Bond, Red Dawn remake Cabin in the Woods, and now this?! Granted it's nothing revolutionary or even original but I'm a sucker for crap like this.
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12:07AM on 09/14/2010
Someone only skim read that.
Someone only skim read that.
12:40AM on 09/14/2010
Misread the hell out of that one.
Misread the hell out of that one.
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11:58PM on 09/13/2010
It's a pretty good movie. Nothing super amazing, but it's pretty cool. The books are really good as well.
Glad we'll be seeing more of these.
It's a pretty good movie. Nothing super amazing, but it's pretty cool. The books are really good as well.
Glad we'll be seeing more of these.
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11:21PM on 09/13/2010
The fuck did you do!
The fuck did you do!
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