Originally Posted by Deviation
No, not even the action is interesting anymore. It all feels cheap, fake, poorly choreographed and shot in the most boring and predictable manner.
I enjoy the first three, tried to play along with the fourth and have now just given up after the fifth. If not even the action is interesting there's just no point.
If you want to discuss it more we should take it to the RE thread.
I do not mean any disrespect, but if you thought ANY of the Resident Evil movies were enjoyable, then Dredd will totally stomp your brain into awesome-mush!
This was easily one of my favorite movies of 2012. Went into the theater with very low expectations after seeing the Stallone version and came out grinning. What I liked about this movie most was that it was the "anti-Disney": NOT a nigh continuous ADHD focus grouped action fest with snappy one liners in between every scene by schlocky over-acting. Looking at you Avengers. I was honestly rooting for Loki in the Avengers just so he could hopefully wipe the @#$@#1!@# smugness off of all the main characters faces.
When was the last time you saw a Disney comic action movie where the bad guys were actually intimidating at one point in the movie? Was anyone here actually worried at any time during Ironman, Ironman 2, Captain America, Thor or Hulk that the main character would be bested ? (Exception - cave warriors in Iron Man opening scenes seemed dangerous for about 20 minutes). All the hydra soldiers, ice giants, Mickey Rourke, US army troops are simply put, cannon fodder. No different than the droid troops in the Star Wars prequels. Boy, it sure builds suspense when 99% of the bad guys in a movie are pus_ies and totally ineffective!!! District 9 was infinitely more intense than any of the Batman movies because the bad guys actually seemed like they were trying to win.
Dredd was a throwback to the simple 80's action movies where the plot was / had:
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Get to the top and kill the bad guy
(B) No ridiculous and abstract moral concepts
. Wait, so if Batman kills Joker he somehow becomes just as bad as the joker? A psychopath who has been remorselessly massacring police, elected officials, women and children the entire movie?!??!?!!?!? Is this what they are taught in film school??).
(C) No romance
. And certainly no Kirsten Dunst shrieking for 15 minutes of movie run time. Olivia Thirlby was a way more engaging and attractive female hero than all the one-size-too-small leather jumpsuit wearing pieces of meat in nearly all the comic book hero movies to date. Wait, what you say? A female action hero who doesn't have her tits hanging out the whole movie in pursuit of a man to solve her problems? I couldn't take my eyes off Olivia the whole movie even though she was wearing almost exactly the same outfit as Judge Dredd. And no I am not gay.
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One of the best parts of the movie was when Olivia shot that dying (and totally out of commission) dude on the stairs in the back at point blank range with a machine gun. AND for no other reason than spite. Awesome. Olivia was like "Meh" and moved on to stomping more ass down the hall.
Think Cristopher Nolan's gonna do that in Superman? Think you're going to see a ruthless female protagonist in Avengers Part 2 through 57??
And why does a super hero movie always have to have the hero save the entire world every time? Why can't he / she just take out some gangsters in a movie? Why does it always have to be a McGuffin device?
Obviously I am a small fringe minority that Hollywood completely disregards when writing scripts. But Dredd is the best super hero movie I've seen since Kickass! A top shelf place in my blu ray rack for sure.Edited by Mark the Red - 1/10/13 at 9:38pm