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!
If you’ve been blogging for a while and take a look at how people searching online reach your site, you will no doubt have more than your fair share of ‘They searched for THAT and found me?’ results in your blog’s dashboard area.
Hence this post, inspired by some optimistic fellow seeking “Rosamund Pike Wrath of the Titians”. Conjures an interesting picture doesn’t it? They were, of course, seeking Rosamund in this Spring’s sequel “Wrath of the Titans“, but they did at least have a fighting chance of reaching my blog or finding a lovely image of the charming Ms Pike in her most recent film role.
As interesting are the bonkers results – “Sandra Bullock in Judge Dredd” comes to mind. Clearly somebody conflating Sandy Bullock in the Stallone vehicle “Demolition Man“ with the not exactly dissimilar Diane Lane in the 1995 Stallone “Judge Dredd” and perhaps telling us a little more than Stallone might want to know about how unique and memorable some of his back catalogue is to the casual viewer?
Regularly top of my stats?
I get a 100 to 200 searches every week for the Fantastic Four, who I’ve only posted about once, in relation to the putative Josh Trank reboot of the franchise that Twentieth Century Fox are quite eager to get underway. I’m not running a web hub for the perpetually bickering, Doctor Doom-thwarting Marvel superheroes, I don’t post regularly about them, but who can refuse that level of traffic?
Or is it just lusty Jessica Alba fanboys skewing things? Who can say?
My favourite, utterly barking search result? This one.
I know, right? Somebody thought of that and ended up clicking through to me, I assume for my sterling coverage of Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s careers. Or they’re just into tall dudes. Takes all kinds of folks, I guess…
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…
Filed under Films, Geekery
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.
Filed under Films, Geekery
Ace video mash-em-up overlord Garrison Dean has blessed us with an Andrew WK-sound tracked super cut of “Expendables 2” trailers – and it cheered me up no end.
The Expendables 2 Trailer: Made in America Fan Video – YouTube. (Contains NSFW captions…)
There’s no way that the actual movie can live up to that, is there?
Sly, I love you, but you’re turning into Tony Bennett. It’s really quite eerie.
Look everybody – there’s a new trailer for “The Expendables 2” (presented via the kind intercession of YouTube and IGN‘s channel).
Subtlety is not on the agenda, as you might expect (or, indeed, hope). Lots of things exploding, stunts aplenty and old dudes cracking wise – we’re in comfortable territory.
I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that the only way to top the bonkers explosions and stunts in this trailer will be to take the next movie into outer space. It’ll be like the Clint Eastwood vehicle “Space Cowboys“, only with more detonations and absurdly large, probably overcompensating range of firearms. I can see it now….
As previously stated in an earlier post, “The Expendables 2” opens on August 17th – the perfect way to spend an aimless late summer afternoon for discerning middle-aged geeks and the younger nerd set alike.