Dredd

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  1. Loerwyn

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    Later this year, Dredd is coming out.

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    Based, perhaps obviously, on world-famous British comic anthology 2000AD's regular and highly-popular Judge Dredd comics. Karl Urban of... uh... some fame is cast as Judge Dredd and lesser-known actress Olivia Thirlby is cast as Judge Anderson (a character who, like Dredd, has numerous solo stories).
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    (Thirlby & Urban, and yes, I know Urban doesn't quite look right as Dredd in it)​

    Anyway, decided to start this topic now as the marketing is starting to ramp up and I saw an image that I had to share, and you can find it here, on the 2000AD tumblr.

    I can't help but notice how small Anderson is next to Dredd.

    Really, really excited about this film. I cannot wait to see it!

    UPDATE (21/6/12): Full Length Trailer Now Online
     
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  2. Rob B

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    Because Lord of the Rings and Star Trek are B-movies.
     
  3. Loerwyn

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    Wait, he was in them?

    I just know he's been in a lot of B-movies, or B-movie-esque films.
     
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    Yup, second and third LOTR and he was Bones in the Star Trek reboot.

    He was also in some crap movies Doom, Chronicles of Riddick, Pathfinder so I get your point...
     
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    He was in the second Bourne flick as well.
     
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    Doom had an awesome 'first person' segment.

    But I'll take the B-movie point out, I had no idea he was a supporting actor in so many films.
     
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    Dredd also looks like he's an eight-year-old kid wearing an adult-sized helmet. I haven't read the comic in years, but his costume looks very little like the one I remember; has it changed that much?

    Still, they would have to try hard to be worse than the Stallone movie.
     
  8. Loerwyn

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    They've definitely changed the costumes. There are recognisable stylistic elements - namely the helmets and badges (and I agree about Dredd's helmet looking too big!) - but they appear to have gone for less stylised armour in lieu of something more immediately practical.

    This is the style you mean, yes?
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    In the comics, it's very much the same as it was. Obviously things will have changed, but the armour of the Judges is basically the same.

    Take that back.
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    Actually, now I look more closely at that picture I can see the badges and shoulder pads are there, just toned down compared to the over-the-top size they use in the comic.

    I hope they're going to CG his chin though, it doesn't look big enough :).
     
  10. Loerwyn

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    Ohmigosh ohmigosh ohmigosh! It's Trailer Day in Mega-City One!

    Watch the trailer here

    It's drokking awesome.

    Well, I think stylistically it's based on Dredd with its little flourishes, but it also looks like they've toned it down a lot - it seems much more sensible in what the judges are wearing, and so on. It's different enough to stand on its own and to perhaps distance it from the comics, but recognisable enough for you to know what it is.

    But yeah, really excited for this now!
     
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    It does look rather splendid, doesn't it? :D:D

    (Apart from that helmet).
     
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    Drokk it! They have to work in I AM THE LAW the great song from thrash metal legends Anthrax into the film.

    In the cursed Earth, where the mutants dwell...
    There is no law just a Living HEELLL!
     
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    Ha ha! I was thinking the same thing!
     
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    Looks better in motion than in stills. I loved the Stallone movie, but this could be good too. Stallone's movie aimed more for humorous while this one looks much more serious.
     
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    You know that trailer was actually pretty cool. I especially liked the Mass Effecty sounding music. I have some pretty serious doubts but I will give it a watch sometime.
     
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    I hope that the movie is'nt too serious. The Stallone movie had cheesy humor and Sly's almost un-understandable rumblings. Dredd should be satiric and not serious.
     
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    Update time!

    Well, tomorrow (7th of September), Dredd finally releases in the UK. There's a slight problem, however. The film is primarily in 3D and is being marketed heavily as such, and only a small number (~30 confirmed so far) will be showing it in 2D, so those who either cannot/won't watch 3D or feel the extra expense isn't worth it then the DVD release (in 2013, most likely) will have to suffice.

    This week's 2000AD Prog (1799) has a Dredd photo cover and I think next week's (1800) is going to be a new jumping-on point for new fans, which is also worth bearing in mind.

    Finally, Rebellion have released a free Dredd 3D prequel comic online that goes into the origin of Ma-Ma (played by Lena Headey in the film).

    So, aside from the limited 2D cinematic release, this is a drokkin' great time to be a 2000AD fan.
     
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    The reviews I'm hearing about are saying it is excellent.

    Kim Newman, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of the cinema I am in awe of, has allegedly called it one of his films of the year so far, putting it above Prometheus, Dark Knight and the rest.

    One issue here for some in the UK is that the film has an 18 rating, which is 17 in the US(?) - for the violence and drug-issues, I believe. That's great for many and signifies the film's adult content, but I have a 16 year old in my house who wanted to see it, and I would be happy for him to see it. I'm sure I won't be the only one.

    But generally it sounds good, and whilst I'm still not sure that Karl Urban has the look I think of when I think of Dredd, I am being told that in acting terms it's a role up there with Heath Ledger's Joker.

    Was hoping to see it this weekend: not sure if that will happen at the moment, but I do really want to see it. And, given a choice, I would see it in 3D (though I take the point that I should be given the choice to see it in 2D which isn't the case everywhere) at the cinema, with 2D on DVD later.

    Mark
     
  19. Loerwyn

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    I have to admit I share your concerns about Karl Urban, but I think it's less 'him' and more how Dredd looks in the film. With the costume changes and some of the new designs (seriously, who designed those bikes?), it seems a bit not-Dredd at times.

    That said, I'm more concerned about Judge Anderson and what they've done to her character. She largely worked independent of Dredd from what I've read, but I am interested to see if they've left her character intact or if she's been changed too.

    And yeah, the rating's a bit of an issue for me because I don't really have any ID.
     
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    First 18-rated film since 2010 to hit Number 1 in the UK Box Office. Wow. So Dredd had an incredibly successful opening weekend despite the low number of 2D theatres, but I've heard suggestions that the number of 2D showings may increase after the first week or so. But still, for a British movie based on a British comics franchise, that's absolutely staggering news, and feedback has been almost completely positive.

    Also, Issue 1799 of 2000AD had a Karl Urban cover, and the latest Megazine (328) is a bumper edition with a whole host of movie-related extras.

    And... then after all that success, I saw an interview on the 2000AD site with Olivia Thirlby, who plays Judge Cassandra Anderson. In particular, this bit drew my attention:
    My faith in this film took a knock there. Does Ms Thirlby actually have any interest in Dredd at all? That's such a safe, vague and untelling answer that it's unbelievable.