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Dredd Vs Dredd

Judgment is Coming

When Dredd (Stallone) lifted his helmet from his grizzled head, there was a collective roar of dismay that still echoes through the web to this day.

So when Dredd 3D came out and Karl Urban donned the armour of the Judge; it went without saying; that helmet was staying put.

So to commit an act of gross heresy lets pit Judge Vs Judge and see who is left standing. So to kill what little credibility I have, I will state for the record, I loved Judge Dredd. The garishness and the ultra-violence of it worked.

Like many of the comic book movies that came out in the 90’s it was more than a little camp, with its big shiny pauldrons and gold chains everywhere. Again this seemed to work. Yet as much as I enjoyed the original, Stallone overshadowed Dredd.

This is where Dredd 3D differed.

Dredd 3D was an excellent case of allowing the comic book character to bludgeon its way through to the forefront. I wasn’t watching a Karl Urban film; I was watching Dredd in all his moody, scowly glory. This was highlighted very nicely by the somewhat oversized helmet, which dwarfs Urban’s features almost entirely.

Both films have featured a strong buddy cop trope, although thankfully the new Dredd film is minus Rob Schneider. Thank the Law for small mercies. Olivia Thirlby was§ a much better choice, playing Anderson as the badass, pixie cute physic/ rookie Judge.

Dredd was also a great example of how amazing 3D can look. The slow-mo scenes were moments of beauty amid the grim and grisly locales of Mega City 1.

Lena Headey plays an brilliant baddie, but then we knew that from Game of Thrones. Here she takes if even further as the sadistic and genocidal Ma-Ma. Sporting a haircut that looks like it was achieved with a pair of rusty shears, a host of tattoos and a hideous, disfiguring scar.

Ma-Ma is the sadistic slumlord who declares war on Dredd and his rookie partner, when what should have been a routine triple murder investigation turns ugly.

So while it is a cop-out to say that both films have a lot going for them, it’s true. Dredd 3D lets you get a real feel for the unwavering servant of the law, that is Dredd. Where as Judge Dredd was and will always be a Stallone action film.

The difference between the two films can be summed up in just how they use the iconic line “I am the Law.” Stallone uses it in a petulant way, “I can’t break the Law, I am the Law.” Urban uses it in a more understated way (for Dredd), he uses it to denounce Ma-Ma who has claimed the tower has her own and inspire the downtrodden. He is a kinder, gentler Judge, well, unless you happen to be a criminal.

So Judge Dredd kicks ass, for the 90’s, but both Stallone and the garish costume consume Dredd. Dredd 3D however is the opposite. Dredd is the star, and he is as brutal and unwavering as we could expect.


Prometheus Review

I finally got around to seeing Prometheus. It was well worth the wait, I saw it in 3D on the big screen at the RAI in Amsterdam. This was during IBC2012 (International Broadcasting Convention). I saw it on a laser projection screen in Dolby Surround 7.1 and Dolby 3D.

All this means that the quality was incredible. In terms of the actually movie I really enjoyed it. I have been a fan on the Alien franchise for a long time, even suffering through Alien Versus Predator 1 & 2, and the horror that was Alien: Resurrection.

Anyway I have always wondered about the giant in the chair from the original Alien film, now I know, well just about.

Even with the plot holes, and unfortunately there were a few, Prometheus synced up with Alien and Aliens very well. I don’t want to post too many spoilers but if you want to get some answers on the origins, then go and see Prometheus.

While it answers plenty of questions that have remained unanswered for over 20 years as a film it stands up in it’s own right fairly well. There is plenty of substance and character interaction to carry the film so that the excellent effects and 3D don’t feel like the end all of the film.

That said the effects are remarkable, which the filmmakers decided to showcase by filming many shots of Charlize Theron’s long, flowing hair. Considering that the film takes place over about 48 hours, she changes her hairstyle a rather inordinate amount of times. Still it looks very pretty in high-def 3D.

Later on there is an almost obligatory race against time to save the human race. While this is important to the overall plot it is somewhat clichéd, with a sequel in the works I think this will become even more of a major plot point.

Some of the characters feel familiar, such as Elizabeth Shaw who is quite reminiscent of Ripley. However this doesn’t come off as a carbon copy rather as a nod to an iconic female protagonist.

In true Alien style there are some genuinely creepy or horrifying moments. The sort of moments that do the face huggers and chest-bursters proud. Prometheus is an entertaining Sci-fi thriller that as a stand-alone film would have been found wanting but when synced with the Alien series pulls together rather well.

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