I always felt that Clint Eastwood would have been the perfect Dredd. He is after all the Dirty Harry of the future.
I'm not that happy with the way this one looks, he feels a bit too..compact...for me. Like a short Predator...
"Everything has an end.
Except sausages, which have two..."
The Judge armour has been toned down too much.
The shots of Mega City One just look like present day NYC.
The story they've chosen seems very small scale.
It's clear they didn't have a very big budget for this movie.
Even with all its terrible faults, at least the Stallone version had some genuinely good production design and an epic scale.
Oh well... at least Dredd keeps the helmet on for the whole movie this time... or so I've heard.
And Ron Perlman would have made a great Dredd, in my opinion.
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Relatively low budget for SCIFI movies these days. It's shot in South Africa which is trying to developed it's film industry after the success of District 9.
It won't play too well domestically, unless September is a really dry month for action films, but will definitely do well overseas relative to it's budget since it speaks the universal language of guns and explosions and car chases.
I like Karl Urban, but my idea of a Dredd film is much more stranger and more idiosyncratic than this. I'd much rather see the Dark Judges, the cursed earth, or even the dated apocalypse war adapted than making a block war/drug dealers type film.
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They got the look of Judge Anderson right. Hopefully if this kind of Die Hard on testosterone premise works for the first film, they will have a larger budget for the second so that we do get some action in the cursed earth, or Anderson does accidentally summon the Dark Judges.
The other element for me that s essential to the comic book Dredd is the black humour and satirical elements... Which basically tempers the fascistic premise of the Judges. Essentially the success of Dredd as a character in the eighties was in direct response to the social climate in Britain at that time.
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If it wasn't supposed to be Dredd I think this film would have made a perfectly acceptable 80's post-apocalypse film. Everything I"ve seen of it looks like they sucked all the Dredd right out of it, for the sake of making a more generic action flick. Like a friend pointed out to me; the film is dark. The comic isn't. It's garishly bright, better fitting the insane setting.
The "Cadet Anderson" thing bothers me too. In the comic she's one of the few folks on par with Dredd. It seems wrong to depower her for the sake of providing an 80's action movie semi-competent female sidekick for the hero. Plus, she's one of their top psi-judges. Properly the film should be 10 minutes long. Dredd: "We gotta find the gang leader." Anderson: "She's in apartment 2305, Cheesy McGuffin block." It'd be like making a film where the bad guy escapes Superman 'cos Supes can't fly. Or Superman teams up with a young, inexperienced Batman to show him the superheroing ropes.