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  • professor4everyone professor4everyone Sep 20, 2012 7:48 PM Flag

    Wall Street Journal Says Dredd Is The Best Thriller By Far

    1- Here's the WSJ title
    Vivid 'Dredd 3D' Makes Rival Thrillers Look Flat

    2- Here's some of the review. Note the reviewer says that Dredd is the iphone, which is equivalent to Apple's Iphone vs the competition. Wow!!

    "Dredd 3D" is the iPhone of recent action thrillers. The movie doesn't do apps, or, for that matter, drop calls, but this particularly violent thriller is distinguished by elegant design. What's familiar about the film is the grunge concatenation of firepower, body count and gross-out abuse of all-too-tender flesh. What's exceptional is the orchestration of color, form, light and dark (lots of dark), 3-D technology and digital effects into a look that amounts to a vision.

    The director was Pete Travis, working from a shrewd, terse screenplay by Alex Garland; the production designer was Mark Digby, and the cinematographer was Anthony Dod Mantle. (The latter two collaborated similarly on "Slumdog Millionaire.") The opening shot is a variation on the theme of "WALL•E"—a slow flyby over a vast garbage dump of a megalopolis in a blighted future, except that this sprawl, Mega City One, is fully inhabited. The city is a battleground between free-range criminals and so-called Judges, the Robocop-ish descendants of Rambo who function as judges, juries and executioners, not to mention noisemakers, what with their flatulent motorcycles and end-of-days weaponry. Chief among them is, yes, you guessed it, Judge Dredd, who was played by a glum Sylvester Stallone in the fairly dreadful 1995 film "Judge Dredd," and who is played this time around by Karl Urban.

    'Played' is a big word for what the helmeted actor is able to do with his husky voice, slyly laconic dialogue and the visible parts of his face, i.e. his scowl and stubble. Dredd's partner, an anxious rookie named Cassandra, doesn't wear a helmet, since it would scramble her psychic powers, so she is played visibly, as well as audibly, by Olivia Thirlby, who succeeds in investing an action figure with affecting fear, impressive courage and a commitment to justice that serves as Cassandra's compass

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    • I went to see it ,I have been a fan of Dredd on and off since the 80's .The Stalone version was an attempt in many ways to make a hard to like character more accesible through Rob Schinder lightening it up, an Stalone removing his helmet and home life .
      i really think Stalone just could not make a movie that didn't show his mug onscreen . I liked the Sly one ..but understand why others didn't .Remember not alot comic movies made well back then so we were more forgiving. This one does not try to lighten up the mood its dark , gritty, and abrupt ..just like Dredd is it high budget ..no and its obvious ..however it is true to the source material and is a good movie for his fans to others id say maybe. This will do better on Disc and fits LGF library

    • I told you.
      No comparison to the Stallone version.
      Day and night.

      Sentiment: Hold

    • maybe another HG... w/ blockbuster revenues...

 
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