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Grinning Skull at the Movies: Dredd

23 Apr

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I don’t get as much time as I would like to watch movies, and this one is one I’ve been wanting to see for ages, given that it’s comic book heritage is straight out of the pages of 2000AD. Yes, I finally got to see the latest movie based on the iconic, Judge Dredd!!

Right from the off, you could tell that this film meant business, with an amazing chase scene, a high octane thrill ride with Dredd (Karl Urban) chasing the perps through the strangely 21st century streets of megacity one. After the first failed attempt of filmland to capture the comics style and flow (We all remember that Stallone one, eeewww….) I was wary about it from the off. The last one was a stinker, and given that this one had even less of a budget by todays standards (Dredd 3D (2012) $35,000,000 vs Judge Dredd (1995) $70,000,000) I expected it to be even more of a waste of time.

I was soooo wrong.

This film rocks!! Absolutely fantastic it was, much, much better a representation than the previous, plenty of references from the comics, some cracking action and excellent videography, all combined into a pretty great movie. It’s really a shame that Lionsgate films didn’t pimp this movie as much as it could have. Yes, it didn’t do brilliantly I’ll admit, but it should have done better. If you want my opinion, its probably down to the script and the villain (Ma-Ma, jeeezuz people, lets get some decent classic Dredd villains in there instead….you know who I’m talking about!!)

On the negatives some more, there were some bits that were far too modern for Dredd, and that kind of didn’t quite gel with some of the more uber futuristic stuff thats so prevelent in the whole Mega-city vibe. Where were all the really crazy haired and kitted gangers? Hell, those perps have all sorts of crazy shit going on, but these were a bit of a let down. There was a little bit where it did show you some rival gangs getting knocked off, but I would have preferred them to the crappy ones with MaMa.

I ain’t going to tell you the plot, but safe to say Urban never takes off the iconic helmet throughout the entire movie, which he and all involved in this movie should be very proud of.

I do think, that movieland is nearly there when it comes to doing Dredd right, maybe if they mixed in the visuals of the 1995 movie, and gave it the balls of this one (and Urban not Stallone of course) they could be onto making a truly awesome film.

I live in hope.

Go get it and see this film if your a 2000AD fan (if you ain’t already) or, if you like a good futuristic action film.

8/10 Grinning Skulls

Now where’s my Slo-mo…..

Peace out Earthlets….

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