Join Date: Nov 2006
Managed to watch "DREDD" today.
On the whole, very brisk, enjoyable experience. Comic book plot, feels like a series of short films strung together.
Rookie has really contrived reason to remove helmet.
Speaking of helmets, THAT helmet on Karl Urban doesn't look right half the time. It's too massive, particularly the "flaps" on the sides of the helmet are jutted out too far from the jaw and chin area.
Karl didn't help matters by not shaving. The stubbles narrow his mouth and jaw area more because they shadow them out,exaggerating the dark gaps already on either side of his jawline.
Would have suggested maybe for Karl to shave, add a bit of make-up/prosthetics to pad his jaw, re-design the collar to "connect" to the helmet or cover it so that it slopes nicer over his torso. Larger padding, more muscle mass. Anything to balance against that helmet. maybe even sanding the helmet down to make it thinner (it looks REALLY thick all around).
The main arching plot is very simple. They have a perp for interrogation, some big bad doesn't want them to get out and locks down the whole building. Like I said film plays out like a series of short chapters, like many thin comic books strung together. It keeps going briskly, but ultimately it's about very llittle. Lunchbox sub-plots about people living in the Peach Trees complex - the judges pick one up, and it closes out two minutes later.
There's a few plays by the big bad.. and that's about it.
The action, gadgetry, and weapons play is all nicely done. Dredd's gun very nice with Printer/Fax Machine style data display. Dredd is likeable here, more a policeman than I expected. But the actual tactics used by Dredd are reduced to the kind used by people playing DOOM III (no cover, no strafing).
The Slo-Mo drug FX look like High FPS footage played at lower speed, with these really simple glitters and stars added in and all the yellows and greens punched up. It looks OK most off the time, but sometimes looks like a screensaver.
It's not just during the drug sequence that the colors are punched up, there's a sequence involving Skateboarders where the color has been bumped up so much, it looks like you're watching an 80's teen movie. Other composites of the city don't seem to blend well at the very start, so it's not always clear what time in the future or how far in the future the world is supposed to be in.
BUT.. is it a lot of fun? HELL YEAH.
"Your most creative work is pre-production, once the film is in production, demands on time force you to produce rather than create."