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(Yahoo)   No one knows if Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Lawrence, or Jake Gylenhaal's movie took top at the box office this weekend, but one thing is certain: Judge Dredd bombed   (movies.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2012-09-23 11:55:01 PM  
I really enjoyed Dredd.

Being very familiar with the source material, it's hard to predict how your average American would view it, but I think they would like it on the whole. If you enjoyed District 9, you should like this.

As a fan, I describe it this way: The characterization of Dredd and Anderson were spot on (with allowances for it being Anderson's "first day"). Plenty of nods to continuity. What was missing was Mega City One. This version of the city is near future, lacking the flying cars, colorful characters and "what if" sci-fi trappings. In a way, it's the reverse of the Stallone clunker in that they forewent the spectacle and remained true to the spirit.

Also, I really dislike 3D in movies. But this movie had a legitimate in-universe reason for you to spend long minutes staring at hypnotic 3D effects. Not only did it not take you out of the movie, it's the one case where 3D actually enhanced the storytelling.
 
2012-09-24 12:31:47 AM  
I saw it opening day. I really enjoyed it. I almost went to a midnight opening because I wanted to see it so bad. It was a lot of fun. It's just an all out action flick. And Karl Urban was awesome as Dredd. He really knocked it out of the park.

/I must confess, as bad as the Stallone version is, I enjoy that too.
 
2012-09-24 12:44:37 AM  

MadSkillz: But was it good?


Yes. It was very good.
 
2012-09-24 01:28:25 AM  

trippycrazy12: ...Didn't the original Star Trek show only last one season?


Almost only two, then a letter writing campaign kept it around for a third.
 
2012-09-24 01:55:53 AM  
Hmm. I guess I'll have to go on Farkers' general consensus on Dredd. The original kinda missed the whole point: the people behind the comic were horrified to discover that American audiences were cheering for Dredd at the end of the original abortion of a movie.

Dredd is supposed to be a cautionary tale, not a roadmap.


PRO-TIP: fascist characters are not role models
 
2012-09-24 02:08:01 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: fribbley: ... Sooooooo much better than Resident Evil.


Biggest mistake I made this week was seeing that in IMAX. I should have just burned $17.50 instead...


Like the other RE films were beacons of greatness...

/Paul WS Anderson is the Uwe Boll of US/UK filmmaking.
 
2012-09-24 02:40:35 AM  
From the trailer it looked like a Hollywood remake of The Raid: Redemption but with Judge Dredd and gratuitous slow motion. Is it as good?
 
2012-09-24 04:30:07 AM  
Saw Dredd in 2D and loved it, after hearing about all the good reviews of it in 3D I might just have to go see it again. It costs me like $6 to see it in 3D, worth it.
 
2012-09-24 05:05:27 AM  
We unfortunately watched "The Master" What waste of time. Probably the worst movie ever.
 
2012-09-24 07:49:45 AM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: I'm interested in seeing Dredd, I just didn't get a chance to go see it this weekend. I think its biggest problem is that the only knowledge most American's have of Judge Dredd is the god-awful Stallone version.


And, of course, the Anthrax song.
 
2012-09-24 08:39:26 AM  
Yeah, Dredd isn't a movie you'll buy for home release and watch over and over again, but it was DEFINITELY worth the price of admission to see it on the big screen in 3D. Also, the slow motion in the movie is used really well and as a concrete plot element (the focus is on a gang pushing a drug that makes the user perceive time in slow motion - they only do the effect a half dozen times when someone's stoned out of their gourd). I'm sure that was written after somebody decided they wanted to use some slow-mo, but I really appreciate the effort.

Sitting through the movie, my main thought was, "This is good science fiction. Too much science fiction I've seen lately has been about obscuring shiat through complexity and magic-science. This is just some nice, solid, junk-food sci-fi."
 
2012-09-24 09:44:34 AM  

Jizz Master Zero: I'm determined to see Dredd tonight. I've been looking forward to it ever since they announced it. At some point this week I'll be going to House at the End of the Street. It looks okay at best, but I've developed quite a huge thing for Jennifer Lawrence.


Huh...given your username, I'd figure you know how to deal with just that situation.
 
2012-09-24 10:01:34 AM  
I saw it in 3D this weekend, very good movie compared to what I was expecting. Pretty graphics along with excellent cheesy acting from Karl, Olivia and Lena. I'd highly recommend seeing it. Just go in with low expectations and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
 
2012-09-24 10:29:00 AM  
Saw Dredd, loved it, but I didn't see it in 3D, so I suspect I missed a good bit of the draw.

The ultraviolence was completely over the top, and so stylized it made me think of '300'.

/The dude pissing his pants was the best part of the movie, imo.
 
2012-09-24 01:17:30 PM  

mecaenas: From the trailer it looked like a Hollywood remake of The Raid: Redemption but with Judge Dredd and gratuitous slow motion. Is it as good?


Not as good, but still a hell of a lot of fun. I'd say it's the guns and explosions version of The Raid.

That said, packed theater on opening night at the Arclight for The Raid was the best movie-going experience I've ever had, so Dredd had a lot to live up to.
 
2012-09-24 03:34:28 PM  
As a fan, I describe it this way: The characterization of Dredd and Anderson were spot on (with allowances for it being Anderson's "first day"). Plenty of nods to continuity. What was missing was Mega City One. This version of the city is near future, lacking the flying cars, colorful characters and "what if" sci-fi trappings. In a way, it's the reverse of the Stallone clunker in that they forewent the spectacle and remained true to the spirit.

Also, I really dislike 3D in movies. But this movie had a legitimate in-universe reason for you to spend long minutes staring at hypnotic 3D effects. Not only did it not take you out of the movie, it's the one case where 3D actually enhanced the storytelling.


THIS.

Stylistically, it was very much like The Crow. The violence was a hard R like Robocop or Saw.

I thought Dredd himself was too much of a minor character though. And they definitely should have at least put the Anthrax song in the closing credits.
 
2012-09-24 04:01:17 PM  

LindenFark: I really enjoyed Dredd.

Being very familiar with the source material, it's hard to predict how your average American would view it, but I think they would like it on the whole. If you enjoyed District 9, you should like this.

As a fan, I describe it this way: The characterization of Dredd and Anderson were spot on (with allowances for it being Anderson's "first day"). Plenty of nods to continuity. What was missing was Mega City One. This version of the city is near future, lacking the flying cars, colorful characters and "what if" sci-fi trappings. In a way, it's the reverse of the Stallone clunker in that they forewent the spectacle and remained true to the spirit.

Also, I really dislike 3D in movies. But this movie had a legitimate in-universe reason for you to spend long minutes staring at hypnotic 3D effects. Not only did it not take you out of the movie, it's the one case where 3D actually enhanced the storytelling.


I concur - Dredd is a great adaptation of a B-list comic book with a cult audience. And the Slo-Mo? When I left the theater, my first thoughts were, "I gotta get me some of this shiat."
 
2012-09-25 09:17:55 PM  
I liked Dredd 3D. I was expecting it to be bad, and was really pleasantly surprised. It's less futuristic than the comics but IMHO that was a good choice. I was also expecting a lot of cheap 3D slow-motion scenes but it felt like it was not overused too much. It's more like "ooohhh I'm high, everything is slow and so pretty, why is the floor coming at me?" rather than "look how badass I am I can dodge bullets in slow-motion". Dredd is more like "I'll just stand here and shoot you in the face", which is how he should be.
 
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