October 03, 2012

Dredd 3D - AMC Clifton Commons 16

Mike: I never read the comics, but I did see the much-derided Stallone film from 1995. And while I thought it was bad, I did enjoy it. I thought the commercials and trailers for this new Dredd looked absolutely awful, in particular Karl Urban's facial expression. It looked as if he was doing a bad Stallone impression, which puzzled me because I thought they were trying to distance themselves from that film as much as possible. I remember first seeing it on the cover of Empire Magazine or Total Movie Magazine a few months ago and could not believe that A) they were going with this, and B) they put this on the cover of a magazine. My expectations were pretty low.
Karl Urban still looks hideous with that helmet on, and he keeps looking that silly for the duration of the movie. But aside from that, Dredd's a pretty fun film. It's sort of a throwback to Verhoeven's RoboCop and sci-fi films from the early to mid nineties. In terms of action scenes and sci-fi go, Dredd really delivers.

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