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PostSubject: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 4:55 am



Posted in Multiplex because I believe it may be intended as a trilogy.

Looks closer in spirit to the character than the mid-90s Stallone effort, anyway ... thing is, ultraviolent dystopian sci-fi isn't exactly difficult to come across nowadays.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:30 am

Looks awful.

Incidentally, anyone know what that piece of music is from at the 1:42 mark?
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:44 am

Danny Cocke - Sinister Intent.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:04 am

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Danny Cocke - Sinister Intent.

Thanks. And the strange thing is, as soon as I read your post I thought: Tron Legacy. I thought I had heard this music piece before, but apparently I haven't. Apparently it is an original piece and not from TRON.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:22 am

Gravity's Silhouette wrote:
Largo's Shark wrote:
Danny Cocke - Sinister Intent.

Thanks. And the strange thing is, as soon as I read your post I thought: Tron Legacy. I thought I had heard this music piece before, but apparently I haven't. Apparently it is an original piece and not from TRON.

It does sound a bit like a track from one of the TRON trailers.

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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:29 am

Oh great, another comic book crime fighter with throat cancer.

Wake me up when it's all over.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:53 am

Reviews for DREDD have been (surprisingly) very positive.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:07 am

When i saw the movie poster i must think about Daredevil, Batman TDK and Terminator.

Andi it look like iam not the one only one who thinks that.

http://www.filmofilia.com/dredd-3d-final-poster-familiar-looking-pose-111252/



The trailer looks less Batman TDK, but the chacter voice does.

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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:03 pm

Gravity's Silhouette wrote:
Looks awful.

I concur. Indeed, I'll go as far as to say that it's the single worst trailer I've ever seen. Everything about it just makes me want to run screaming from this film.

As a Stallone fan, though, it would be nice to have a Judge Dredd flick so appalling as to make Sly's effort (which is abysmal) seem a classic.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:17 pm

I don't think the trailer is particularly compelling, but as I noted, the reviews for DREDD have been surprisingly strong.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:03 pm

Blunt Instrument wrote:
Looks closer in spirit to the character than the mid-90s Stallone effort, anyway ... thing is, ultraviolent dystopian sci-fi isn't exactly difficult to come across nowadays.
I think the key difference here is that the usual setup - in films like ULTRAVIOLET, AEON FLUX and EQUILIBRIUM - is that the population is held in check by an oppressive regime that squares off against the usual underfunded and dysfunctional resistance movement. The inverse seems to apply here: in DREDD, the criminals hold the power and the Judges are a force of law and order, however violent they may be. But I don't think that will be enough to differentiate the film, especially given that the premise of the heroes being trapped in a tower controlled by a local crime lord was done in THE RAID: REDEMPTION.

I'll pass.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:21 pm

Another 90's movie remade into CGI porn.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:52 am

The 90s movie was crap, CJB. If there's a kind of remake that's allowed, it's when the original was crap. And besides, this isn't a remake, its another adaptation of the original, classic, 1980s British comic -- story is completely different. And the use of CGI was pretty laid back and very well done.

Saw it this morning, it was really quite good. Surprisingly stylish, with effective use of 3D and excellant visuals. Really felt like a modernised version of the kind've hard R action sci-fi movies of the late 80s, like RoboCop. Great ultraviolence.

I had a lot of fun.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:47 pm

I don't suppose the ABC robot turns up in this, does it? I absolutely love that thing in the Stallone version (not much else besides some design elements and vfx, but that robot, oh hell yeah!)
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 16, 2012 2:02 pm

No robots or aliens for both budget reasons and so as to not overcomplicate the story.

The production design is overall actually much more contemporary, I suspect partially for budget reasons and partially because of the recent trend of sci-fi presenting itself without much of the trappings in order to provide a more visceral experience (see: the new BSG) -- although I much prefer this movie's take on the Judge uniform and motorcycles, despite the 1995 movie being more accurate to the comics, these versions are still faithful while appearing functional.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:46 am

http://www.thegauntlet.ca/story/movie-review-dredd-3d
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:38 am

I'll be seeing DREDD Saturday.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:37 am

Really? I'm surprised you're going anywhere near this one, Harms. Still, if you tell me it's good I'll certainly check it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:19 am

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Really? I'm surprised you're going anywhere near this one, Harms. Still, if you tell me it's good I'll certainly check it out.

He'll be the only one. The film has bombed at the U.S. box office this weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:57 am

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Really? I'm surprised you're going anywhere near this one, Harms. Still, if you tell me it's good I'll certainly check it out.
It's not good. In fact, it's (ahem) dreddful.

Seriously, no redeeming features whatsoever. My wife wanted to see an old-fashioned, 80s-style action flick and was hoping for something Paul Verhoeven-y. Alas, it's pretty much just direct-to-video fare that someone put up on the big screen.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:55 am

Knowing you're a comic books/graphic novels man, I'd wondered whether you had a fondness for Judge Dredd from the 2000 AD comics (I believe Alan Moore worked on some Dredd stories way back in the day). Guess not, though.

DREDD has been compared (unfavourably) to THE RAID: REDEMPTION, which I'm vaguely curious to see (although I doubt I'll think much of it if it turns out to be just wall-to-wall action, regardless of how well it's executed).
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:22 am

Disappointed you disliked it, Harms. I really enjoyed myself and found it totally in the Verhoeven spirit, true kin to RoboCop and a fine adaptation of the source material. Surprised as well that it "bombed" at the box office -- I haven't been paying attention to numbers but the audiences I've seen it with have been a) packed and b) highly receptive, laughing, clapping and cheering in all the right places -- I've yet to talk to one person who didn't like it.

My guess is that any poor performance has more to do with poor American identification with the title character -- those movie-going yanks that do know him are most likely more familiar with the abysmal 90s flick. Which is too bad -- the film is stylish and well made, with a clear respect for the material and a great sense of fun and the tone this sort've thing needs, so I was hoping to get more Urban-as-Dredd down the line.

Disappointed to hear this reception, and disappointed to hear that the moviegoers on this forum are cold to it as well. Granted we're a jaded and cynical lot, irrevocably prejudiced and set in our ways, but still.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:40 am

Fairbairn-Sykes wrote:
Surprised as well that it "bombed" at the box office -- I haven't been paying attention to numbers

It came in 5th place this weekend and only debuted to about 5.7 million dollars.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:53 am

They keep effing up Dredd and Punisher movies.

A shame cuz I do like the actual comics.
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PostSubject: Re: Dredd   Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:58 am

I don't think they effed it up. The movie is good, it's true to the source. I can't explain the audience reaction (as I said, it seems to be doing relatively well in my market -- high turnout, good response) other than just poor marketing (the trailer is quite bad, using that La Roux song was a mistake when the actual score is much better), poor audience knowledge of the character beyond an earlier bad movie, and it's weird September release (probably banking on little competition, but at the end of the day it's basically a British indie film)
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