Oh, content lock-outs – why do you exist? All that I want to do is post a link to the in-circulation trailer for this September’s “Dredd 3D” and Lionsgate are being as heavy-handed as a heavy-handed thing in order to block fans (the people who will be buying tickets for this film, regardless of quality) from seeing something that they’ve been waiting years for.
Please explain the logic in that unsatisfactory state of affairs without using the actual truth – “We only care about the American audience” – if you can.
It looks cheap. To me, that’s almost a recommendation, as I love my B-movies and this looks very much like an amoral, snarled dialogue, bullets and exploding glass fest of the highest order. The bits that we see of Karl Urban as Dredd show that he’s very much the right man for the job, with a far more internalised and low-key take on the character than Sylvester Stallone went for in the first adaptation of the legendary “2000 AD“ anti-hero.
The deal-breaking, has-to-be-there “I Am The Law” line is present and correct – but very much underplayed when compared to Sly’s 1995 histrionics. Again, this isn’t criticism, more a sign that the interpretation of the character may not be an attempt to court a massive, mainstream audience which seems like a smart play to me – make a film which plays to people who’ll subsequently evangelise to their circle of friends about what they’ve seen and you have the recipe for a sleeper hit which could just cross-over rather than spending pots of unrecoupable cash on a movie which has to appeal to everybody and satisfies nobody.
The Mega City One of this film looks less authentic than Danny Cannon‘s did in the Stallone film but using real world locations rather than sound-stages might yet pay off and add a patina of reality to a film which might otherwise been awash with wholesale CG imagery. A blend of the two seems very smart to me – and adds to my desire to see the film.
All in all, a very cautious but emphatic thumbs-up from me.