VIDEO: Dredd (2012)

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Cecil takes an in depth look at the amazing comic book reboot Dredd.

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  • This movie is kind of doomed to be like “Dark City” in that it is good. Very good. But it just will never have the sort of mainstream success it deserves.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Too true but Dark City is one of those movies that was never going to appeal to the mainstream.

  • Archer520

    I love your show, but this movie doesn’t belong in “Good *BAD* Flicks”. This is just a good movie, period. I’m bummed out by it’s poor financial performance, but I recall there was very little advertising for it, although you mentioned Lionsgate spent a lot of money on promotion. I love that Urban agreed to never take the helmet off, he’s a bro for that. A lot of actors, their ego wouldn’t let their face go unseen the whole movie. I’m amazed the studio didn’t force the issue here. Lastly, not sure what your lead time is for this show, but maybe 2 weeks ago Garland sent out a tweet saying the sequel wasn’t happening. Our loss.

    • Moppet

      Isn’t that way he labeled it, “Exploring Dredd”?

      Anyways, I had no idea where they filmed the real parts of the city until this video, and seeing the comparison of the real city to the added stuff? It’s amazing. I knew they’d used CGI, my mind just assumes it a lot of the time now, though some bits (the giant buildings) were more obvious, but I’m amazed how subtle some of it actually is in the comparison shots.

      If we’re really not getting a sequel to this, it’s a real shame, but I can be happy we got this, as it is. I can be happy we got at least one good Dredd film.

      Great video Cecil, it’s just too bad you may not be getting that sequel you, and probably a lot of people (myself included), would have liked to give a try.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        Thanks! Isn’t the CGI amazing? I’ve seen movies that cost way more than this and the CGI stands out like a sore thumb.

        • Blue Basilisk

          The CGI in Dredd was amazing considering the modest budget. There was never a shot outside the slowmo stuff where I found myself thinking “You know, this is an obvious render.” Dredd and Riddick both worked wonders with comparatively little.

    • Blue Basilisk

      It had to compete with the foul aftertaste from Stallone’s movie, too.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        Thing was, there was almost a 20 year gap between them. I’m still amazed people thought it was going to be a follow up to that.

        • Blue Basilisk

          It amazed me too, and I have to wonder how much of the general US public knows that Judge Dredd is actually a comic book character first and foremost?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      The show has kind of grown beyond the name a while ago. I’ve been covering movies all over the spectrum of good for a while. I don’t consider this even remotely bad.

  • The_Stig

    When the credits rolled on this thing, I just smiled and said to myself “That’s how you do it.”

  • Gallen_Dugall

    People think Tim Burton’s Batman was dark and gritty because the humor is so awful it simply doesn’t register in the human mind as attempts at humor. It’s a movie that failed upward. Make no mistake that film was intended to be as goofy as the TV show.

    • Gallen_Dugall

      I have to say that it looked like a generic gratuitous violence film and I avoided it until it came on Netflix. I’m sad that I missed it in the theater. It’s a stunning statement on the cycle of violence of which law enforcement itself is a component, and a darkly visually beautiful accomplishment for film making. It’s in my top ten best movies list, one of only only two post 2000 movies to make that list.

    • Blue Basilisk

      Burton’s two Batman movies are every bit as goofy and campy as Batman Forever and Batman & Robin but people are more willing to give them a pass because it’s Tim Burton, I suppose. Returns especially is a horrible mess from a narrative standpoint.

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        In Batman, he throws the Joker off the side of a building. The Joker also cold blooded murders people. In Batman Returns, Cobblepot’s parents dispose of their disfigured child. In Batman and Robin, they click their heels together and ice skates pop out. There is no conceivable way to think that the first two are as silly as the last two.

        • Jonathan Campbell

          Batman Returns ended with Penguin trying to destroy Gotham with an army of suicide bomber penguins. The Burton movies were certainly much, much darker, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t as SILLY. Its just a different style of silliness.

          • Cecil_Trachenburg

            Silly moments yes, but nothing compared to 3-4.

          • Jonathan Campbell

            Eh…Forever wasn’t as silly as B & R, and arguably more grounded than Returns.

          • CaptainCalvinCat

            I liked Forever and B&R more than the whole Dark Knight-Nolan-Trilogy, which took itsaly a million times more seriously than it needed to do.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      No, it wasn’t. It may seem more campy now since we’ve had Batman Begins but back then, it was considered dark. They even went so far as to send Adam West a C&D so he wouldn’t go to comic conventions anymore because they were distancing themselves from the “old” Batman.

      • Gallen_Dugall

        I understand people look at it that way, but I remember it being saturated with humor that was overwhelmingly cringe inducing and very not funny. It tries so hard to be funny to the point where I haven’t wanted to revisit it. The funny joy buzzer. The funny cops. The funny newscasts. The funny party scenes. The funny art gallery vandalism. The funny telescoping joker gun. The funny commercial. The funny joker speech. The funny reporter… that guy is actually a decent comedic actor and the lines they have him say are just so awful. So much “funny” that failed, although I’ll concede it could be looked at as black comedy especially since much of it is “joker” comedy that you could argue was supposed to be bad, but that doesn’t explain things like the “King of the Wicker People” line that haunts me to this day.
        I suspect that if Batman had more people to actually talk to it would have been much worse.

  • fearfanforever

    Honestly? I’d love to see a Netflix original series/ miniseries of Dredd, or if I REALLY want to hope, HBO.

    • Thomas Stockel

      I agree with Rocky, that does sound like a great idea. And I think Urban would be up to it, seeing as he did television before with Almost Human.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Wow, that is a terrific idea.

  • katmore9

    Great review!!! Count me among those who REALLY want a sequel to this underappreciated movie. I’ve signed the petition and made sure to buy my blu-ray copy of Dredd, so all I/we can do is hope.