You’ve watched the trailer and can now see a brief clip from the new “Dredd 3D” on the film’s official site.
Any fears we may have had that the makers of the film were watering down the content to appeal to a mainstream, PG-13 audience has just been well and truly slammed int0 an ISO-Cube for seven years, I think we can conclusively say. The Cannon/Stallone “Dredd” this most certainly isn’t – Empire’s review from the 2012 Comic-Con screening indicates that “Dredd 3D” is very much its own take on the source comics material, for good or ill (Karl Urban‘s great, the low-budget is noticeable, it’s all quite similar to “The Raid”) but the tone is generally complementary.
So much gore! It’s like director Pete Travis and writer Alex Garland have mainlined a bunch of Paul Verhoeven‘s eighties films, drawn from “2000AD” as though it were the sacred text that some would say it is and then gone to town to deliver the kind of old-school sci-fi actioner that many a fan will yearn for from this film.
I’m almost aggrieved that I have to wait until September to see this – it looks so good!
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.
Anyway, I did manage to track down a blurry upload – still there, remarkably – on Daily Motion and I can share my thoughts on it with you.
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.
Let’s see, it’s June 9th and we’ve still only seen tiny glimpses at the Karl Urban fronted “Judge Dredd” reboot – the mono-titular “Dredd” – which opens in September. So, not too far away at all, then?
I confess to being…slightly bemused.
See, most action flicks are in the business of setting out their proverbial stall early, so that you get a good idea of what you’re going to get well ahead of time (Gods forbid that we go and see a film nowadays and not have every aspect of the plot spoiled months in advance by trailers and TV spots which can’t help but tell you everything that happens…). And, so far, we’ve seen precisely two-to-three seconds of actual “Dredd” footage via grainy GIF files on nerdy forums.
“You leaked set pics? The sentence is insta-death!, creep!”
If you’re presenting a reboot of a character somewhat ill-served by the first pass at realising him on-screen wouldn’t it make sense to try to get a groundswell of opinion and chatter about the film going by showing some moving images to interested fan folk? Whilst we can’t trust the internet to be responsible for getting butts in seats as some recent genre pics have seemingly tried to, getting the audience most likely to show up on opening weekend excited about your product would seem like a good idea?
Nope, nothing even remotely high camp about that costume. Not a hint.
Especially if you want erode the still-extant ill-feeling felt by “2000 AD“ fans towards 1995’s not wholly successful, Sylvester Stallone vehicle. Sure, you can promise R-ratings, headshots aplenty and the deal breaker that Dredd’s iconic helmet is staying put throughout until the Mega City One cows come home to their Farm Block.
If we haven’t seen a trailer for “Dredd” by the time that “The Dark Knight Rises” opens on July 20th, I’m going to be one rather concerned nerd…
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Yes, I went there. Here be terrible puns.
“Which one of you perps said Stallone was better?”
John Wagner, co-creator of Mega-City One’s least socially progressive plod Judge Dredd has seen the new Pete Travis directed film and pronounced it good. Or not ‘Drokk!’, at least. Which is nice.
This may go some way towards offsetting some of the bad early buzz about directorial lock-outs from the edit room, behind-the-scenes wrangling, fan worries about early set pictures and that jazz – it would be nice to think that an independently financed production like this could realise this iconic Brit sci-fi anti-hero properly and launch a series of delightfully dystopian adventures which might get this character some of the attention he deserves.
At least it’s got a year or so head start on the “Robocop“ reboot, which can only be good news for fans of futuristic bad-asses dispensing ironic summary justice.
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