Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dredd vs Judge Dredd Reviews, pics & previews

WATCH ON AMAZON 2012 Dredd Starring Karl Urban

When I saw the preview for this I thought, was the 1995 movie so good it needed a sequel? Well obviously this is no sequel. It is a completely different vision of the Judge Dredd character and world of Mega City.

In this version, Judge Joseph Dredd (Karl Urban) is teamed with rookie mutant psychic  Judge Cassandra Anderson. The training mission soon becomes intense when the team responds to jumpers found at the bottom of a City Block (Common tower structure of Maga City home of up to 50,000 people). The MaMa gang, run by t he ruthless drug lord, MaMa (Lena Headley) is very bad ass. The Judges are confronted by a hit squad, and - after a major fire fight - capture Kay (Wood Harris). The rest of the movie, the Judges are trapped in the city block and hunted trying to keep Kay form talking.

The performances are perfectly understated. The art design is gritty in a big way while paying great attention to detail. This movie captures the world of the darker styled comic better than any I have seen. The $5 million dollar movie only made $41 million at the box office, but the cult following is growing. GO WATCH THIS MOVIE  Dredd and we might get a sequel!!!!

What I love about this movie in the grander scheme of Comics to Movie trends? As far as i can tell the movie is based on a totally original story line. The comic publishers wrote a preview to lead up to the movie.

WATCH ON AMAZON 1995 Judge Dredd Starring Sylvester Stalone
This is one of the classic movies of the Stalone, Arnold and other Action star libraries that give us a reason to want Expendables 3. A great movie? NO! Entertaining? YES! And I think if you take out Rob Scneider (sorry makes fill take on silly Adam Sandler movie - which I enjoy but...) the movie is a great classic full of silly quote guy flick. Especially with Armand Assante's portrayal of Rico.

Compared to the 2012 movie, this version is more based on  the comic's story lines but in many ways is far less trying to match the artistry and darkness of the comic. The script is clearly not for kids, the cinematography is.

And this movie tries to show the entire world of Mega City and the Curse Land that lies beyond the walls. Although 2012 movie better shows the immensity and overcrowded gritty nature Mega City itself, 2012 shows a very small part focussing on one block. .

ONLINE WEB SERIES - Stumbled onto this doing some research. Not bad campared to usually comic book fan film crap...

Dredd is a 2012 science fiction action film directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dreddand its eponymous character created by John Wagner and Carlos EzquerraKarl Urban stars as Judge Dredd, a law enforcer given the power of judge, jury and executioner in a vast, dystopian metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Dredd and his apprentice partner, Judge Anderson(Olivia Thirlby), are forced to bring order to a 200-storey high-rise block of flats and deal with its resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey).
Garland began writing the script in 2006, although the development of a new Judge Dredd film adaptation, unrelated to the 1995 film Judge Dredd, was not announced until December 2008. Produced by British studio DNA FilmsDredd began principal photography, using 3D cameras throughout, in November 2010. Filming took place on practical sets and locations in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Dredd was released on 7 September 2012 in the United Kingdom and on 21 September 2012 worldwide. Critics were generally positive about the film's visual effects, casting and action, while criticism focused on a perceived lack of the satirical elements that are found in the source comic and on excessive violence. Despite the positive critical response, the film earned just over $41 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $45 million. Dredd saw greater success following its home release, and has since been recognized as a cult film. The theatrical gross made a sequel unlikely, but home media sales and fan efforts endorsed by 2000 AD's publisher Rebellion have maintained the possibility of a second film.
A famed and feared Judge.[7] Producer Allon Reich described Dredd as "an extreme character, and he administers justice with an extreme lack of prejudice". Urban approached the producers about joining the film. He found the role challenging because the character never removes his helmet, requiring Urban to convey emotion without using his eyes. He viewed the character as an average man with an insanely tough job in a fragmenting society and likened Dredd's heroism to that of a fireman.[8] The role also demanded physical preparation; Urban undertook intensive physical training to become a "beast of a man".[9] He also underwent weapons and technical training to learn how to operate under fire, how to arrest criminals and breach doors. He insisted on performing his own motorcycle stunts for the film. He played Dredd with a raspy and harsh vocal tone akin to "a saw cutting through bone", which he found difficult to sustain.[8]
A rookie Judge and genetic mutant with powerful psychic abilities.[10] Anderson can sense the thoughts and emotions of others.[11] Thirlby contrasted her character with Dredd's "black and white" perspective, describing Anderson as existing "in a grey area where everything is enhanced or clouded by the fact [that] she knows what is going on in the very interior of a person". She undertook weapons and combat training, learning to perform a roundhouse kick to make her believably physically commanding. The character was partially inspired by singer Debbie Harry.[12]
A former prostitute turned drug lord and criminal kingpin who is the sole supplier of Slo-Mo, a new and addictive drug.[13] Headey's performance was inspired by punk-rock singer Patti Smith. Reich described the character as someone who does "not care at all about what anybody thinks or feels and she will do, and behave, as she wants".[14] Headey said: "I think of [Ma-Ma] like an old great white shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her ... she’s ready for it. In fact, she can't wait for it to happen ... She's an addict, so she's dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn't come."[15] Before Headey's casting, the character was described as a heavily made-up, scarred and obese older woman.[16][17]
Ma-Ma's clansman.[18] Harris described the character as a villain, but one that sees himself as no worse than the Judges. Harris said: " ... Dredd goes around literally judging and killing people if they do wrong ... Anyone who goes against the system might end up the bad guy. So I think Kay has justified fighting that in his mind."[19]
The cast also includes: Domhnall Gleeson as the gang's unnamed computer expert, or "clan techie";[20] Warrick Grier as Ma-Ma's right hand man Caleb; Deobia Oparei as TJ, Peach Trees' medic; Francis Chouler as Judge Guthrie,[21] Daniel Hadebe as Judge Volt, and Rakie Ayola as the Chief Judge.[22] Langley Kirkwood, Edwin Perry, Karl Thaning, and Michele Levin portray, respectively, the corrupt Judges Lex, Alvarez, Chan, and Kaplan. Dredd also features Junior Singo as Amos and Luke Tyler as Freel, young boys who confront Dredd; Jason Cope as Zwirner, the thug executed by Dredd during the opening scene; Joe Vaz as Big Joe, the thug that leads the confrontation outside of the med station; Scott Sparrow as Japhet, Anderson's first execution, and Nicole Bailey as Cathy, Japhet's wife, in whose apartment the Judges take refuge.

Judge Dredd is a 1995 Americanscience fiction action film directed by Danny Cannon, and starringSylvester StalloneDiane Lane,Rob SchneiderArmand Assante, and Max von Sydow. The film is based on the strip of the same name in the British comic 2000 AD. It was a critical and commercial disappointment.

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