My buddy Aaron is a bartender for a certain movie theater here in Michigan, and on occasion, the theater will have advanced employee screenings for movies the Wednesday night prior to the film’s release. These are his thoughts on DREDD…
This maybe the entire collection of Dredd videos around, but I think most of you will really enjoy this information before you go out this weekend. Got Features on the gear used in Dredd, Slo mo filming, interviews with the cast and crew. Got the best trailers and clips I could find which will really get you hooked on Dredd. They also made a Prequel Motion comic which really helps to understand what happens in the film. So watch the videos down below and check out Dredd this weekend.
The Best of Dredd Features
This has a great selection of features on the film. The Gear one in particular is fascinating to anyone who is interested in how they made all of Dredd‘s stuff (No CGI) I really want the law master. Great look at how they used some really good camera tech, 4000 FPS Cameras which is amazingly fast. The Prequel Comic is the what happens to MA-MA before the events in the film and help to explain why she does what she does.
Dredd – From the People Who Made Him
Dredd 3D – How They Make Slo-Mo Scenes
Dredd 3D – Prequel Motion Comic
The Best Trailers
I really liked the first trailer that came out, and we had quite a bit of excitement over its release. The next trailer though is my favorite trailer around, got some great lines from Dredd and the music really works well, plus it is super action packed which demonstrates Dredd really well. And lets face it “Perps were uncooperative” is just really funny…
Dredd 3D Official Trailer #1
Dredd 3D Official Trailer #2
The Best Clips
I promise these are the last videos. We have the clip of Karl Urban saying the famous line “I am the Law” and does it rather well. Got that Red Band scene where people’s faces get shot up (Warning might be graphic). Lastly a scene which I think helps to understand Anderson, plus another deadpan line from Dredd.
Dredd – I am The Law
Dredd Red Band Slo-Mo Clip
Dredd – Peach Trees
Dredd 3D is fantastic and beautifully brutal from the visuals to the sound. This film clearly learned from past failures and started with a very simple plot that is hard to screw up, this being done with people who clearly knew the source material and from that knew that this was the best way to start a film about Judge Dredd. The only problems with this film is that it would need a more complex story out of the comics and an increased budget but apart from that I can’t find faults. So I would love to see a sequel which could easily fix the problems I found with this film and would love to see a Batman begins to the Dark Knight Style turn around. In other words it’s a great start.
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
Just as always I will not be giving away any spoilers so you don’t have to worry about reading this review before seeing the film. To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was very good for the most part but in saying that there weren’t many situations that required it although the actors played the parts they were playing as the characters so I don’t have any faults in that area, but there would have to be more of the film to really tell. The main character Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) was really top-notch for portraying a comic book character in a real world environment, credit to him a great performance (the chin was particularly impressive).
I would like to see more characters to interact with in a sequel because that’s what is needed to get a better feel of Dredd. Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) was actually much better than I thought she would be and although not quite the same as the comic character she still gives the character justice (she kicks ass basically). Ma-Ma was an interesting character who I would have like to have seen more of but there is a prequel comic to the film which explains her back story which is free here if you would like to read that before seeing the film. Good strong female leads in this though which I like to see and the best is that it didn’t feel forced.
So let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The special effects, physical props and visual landscape shots where both excellent viewing and brilliantly immersive to the world that Judge Dredd lives in, very repressive and cramped with too many people in one place. The best thing I thought about this film’s visuals was that even though the budget was relatively low they didn’t use too much CGI but instead went for real props and building which means it didn’t feel cheap and felt more like a big budget film because of the detail put into everything from the judges uniforms to the blending of real world building and futuristic mega blocks.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the 3D but I am a bit biased because I tend to get used to the 3D effect within the first 10 minutes of films and find that it might as well be in 2D because of the length of a full movie, but if you like 3D there were some good 3D shots. I loved the Lawmaster chase scene and would really like to see more of the city itself in a sequel but I understand with the budget that’s the most they could do (I want a Lawmaster and the Lawgiver, screw it I just want to be a Judge). Oh and I should warn people that it’s really violent but insanely fun with brilliant music, the soundtrack with this film really worked well and it was massively adrenaline pumped from start to finish with no time for boring.
My favourite scene without giving anything away would be anything with Dredd kicking ass or maybe Mini gun bit, this doesn’t make sense really until you see the film but I won’t be ruining it for you so if you have seen the film then comment below and we can discuss. The Slow Mo scenes are good and the Deadpan acting of Urban is perfect.
Finally I would like to say that a sequel would be great to see and I would be sad if one didn’t get made. The possibilities are endless in the Dredd universe and could easily expand. I really liked the relationship between Judge Dredd and Cassandra Anderson because I got the feeling like it was kind of a buddy cop style connection with a rookie but because of her Psychic ability she is probably the only person who Dredd could have that partnership with, no romantic connection at all and there shouldn’t be, I actually think that would be the easiest way to ruin this film (or bring back rob Schneider). So go watch it because the film is a great viewing.
Lionsgate delivered a preview of the film at the Comic-Con yesterday, and with that we have some early reviews from critics. The word is out that Dredd is apparently pretty good with most critics giving the preview positive reviews. Below I have picked some of the critic reviews so far which I am happy to say sounds promising. Also this motion poster which scared me a bit the first time I saw it.
Dredd Mini Reviews
Collider: DREDD was a super hard R and a lot better than I thought it would be. Again….super hard R. 3D was also great.
CraveOnline: DREDD is like an ’80s Paul Verhoeven sci-fi movie with gratuitous bloody violence. I loved it.
AMC: Think I just saw the most violent movie I’ve ever seen in my life!
Slashfilm: DREDD is a lot of fun. A return to 80s action, The Raid meets Robocop on a mini scale. great use of high fps slow mo 3d. Gritty & violent
Alexbigman: #dredd screening at #sdcc blew my mind… Best Dystopian movie since District 9…Gritty & Ultra Violent..#dystopian #cyberpunk A+ MOVIE
Ericvespe: Dredd was a lot of fun. Super violent and Karl Urban never once takes off the Judge helmet.
Jordan Hoffman: On a pop fascist level DREDD makes STARSHIP TROOPERS look like BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN #SDCC
Johncampea: Think I just saw the most violent movie I’ve ever seen in my life! #Dredd
tricialeighCK: So DREDD is hands down the most violent film I’ve ever seen in my life.
firstshowing: Dredd 3D – Uh yea, that was awesome. Badass, loved it. Yes, the helmet never comes off. Liked it more than The Raid, a lot more, honestly.
Ethan Andreton: DREDD is brutal, bloody and a bad ass blast of old school action. I was skeptical and ended up being highly entertained.
JYwofresh: Saw “Judge Dredd” it was amazing you won’t be let down go see it when it comes out in September 21!!!!!!
Empire Mini review
We’re delighted to say that it’s a solid, often excellent adaptation, and not at all Dreddful. (Sorry, had to do it.) Karl Urban is excellent as the grizzled gunslinger (and yes, the helmet stays on throughout, which will please fans of the comic no end), growling his lines like a man who’s just gritted his driveway using only his teeth, and the ultra-violence (which, in a way, may please fans while damaging its commercial chances) is presented stylishly. It has problems – it’s bound to suffer comparisons to The Raid, with which it shares a basic plot, but has little of the invention or pulsating pace of that movie’s fight scenes. It has a significantly smaller budget than the rest of this year’s comic book movie crop, and at times it shows. But it’s worth seeing for Urban alone, who erases any memories of the awful Sly Stallone vehicle from 1995.
Total Film Mini Review
Despite rumours of rifts during production, Garland and Travis have created a horribly gorgeous vision of dystopian future where monolithic housing towers are run by criminal gangs – and policing is undertaken by judge/jury/execution officers, Judges. Urban certainly has the downturned mouth and super-cool, gravelly delivery to pull off Dredd’s nonchalance but he’s aided by Garland’s smart, fast script, a relentless flow of Rorschach Test blood sprays from bone-shattering brutality, eye-poppingly beautiful 3D visuals and peppy banter with Thirlby. The body count is high, the humour grim and the violence stylishly graphic and reminiscent of Sin City (scenes involving a drug called Slo-Mo are visually intoxicating).
There are many more I am sure but these are the only ones I can confirm watched the film at Comic-Con. So what we learn from these is that it’s a solid film with great action and a brilliant performance from its main cast, sounds very good. Second we know that it will be an R rated movie from comments such as ‘AMC: Think I just saw the most violent movie I’ve ever seen in my life!’ now from a film critic that is really saying something. Third is that people talking about comparisons between the raid which came out earlier this year have said that whilst the tower block and drug lord story has similarities they will stand apart in every other aspect of the film. That last part is sounding very promising.
Now enough about people talking, let’s watch Dredd shred bullets through people in the red band clip below:
What did you think of that clip? Those are very clever slow motion shots; I must admit that was beautiful shots coupled with brutal violence. Look at that jaw fly across the room like a candy wrapper caught in the wind. Dredd doesn’t seem to be in much of a mood for talking with what must be a lot of death sentences that I will be looking forward to in this film. But it wouldn’t be Dredd without them.
So finally what are your thoughts? Do you think it looks great? Can you not wait until the 21st September? Or are you still not impressed? (come on so many good reviews) Please comment below.
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Wanted a trailer? “Well you got one now”.
Finally, Thanks to Lionsgate we get a full trailer of Dredd and it looks absolutely action packed. If you don’t want to buy a Dredd ticket after this trailer your mad and must be judged. Now as I promised yesterday the full Dredd Trailer, so please enjoy.
Update Official full HD
What did you think of the full trailer? Well I think it is action packed greatness, because we get a full trailer with more than 2 minutes, so plenty more than the preview. Now in just 10 seconds you can’t really get much of a feel, but with this trailer we know what’s going to be happening in the actual film. So what do we know from this trailer, well first off its most likely to be set mainly around that group of flats, guns and more guns and plenty of cheesy lines being delivered in batman voice. But it wouldn’t be Dredd without them though.
Urban manages to provide Judge Dredd’s trademark characteristics with much better style than Stallone (thank god), and also delivers the signature line “I am the law” in a very cool non obvious way “Ma-ma isnt the law, I’m the law”. Not sure about Olivia Thirlby, but she seems to be able to kick some bad guy ass so we will have to wait and see.
Whilst where on the subject, Here’s some vehicle pics.
So finally what your thoughts? Do you think it looks great? Can you not wait until the 21st September? Or are you still not impressed? Please comment below.