And your judgement is ................. ?
...premature, I only "got it" at lunch time, it'll have to wait until next week, when I have the place to myself.
Oh ok a case of premature judgement
Judgement when you've seen it then.
Watched it last night.
First off picture quality: On the whole, very good, although there were a couple of corridor scenes that, for no reason I could work out, were absolutely dreadful, they looked exactly like a cheap camera phone trying to take a video in light that's too low for the sensor to deal with, very odd, they weren't slo-mo scenes either, just normal shots, don't know what would cause that, last time I saw anything like that was the "special" edition of the Stargate movie, where a bunch of deleted scenes had been added back in with no apparent preparation, they looked like they'd been taken off of VHS, this was very similar. Luckily it only happens a couple of times and the scenes are very short but it is a bit jarring. I watched in 2D (no 3D gear), I can imagine the slo-mo shots are quite impressive in 3D but they don't really work in 2D. Other than that, no real issues, some of the CGI blood is a bit obvious (particularly in the slo-mo scenes) but for the budget you can't expect a huge amount.
The film: With two provisos I EDITED loved it! It's exactly what a Dredd film should be, tight, tough, no compromise, you can tell the writers and directors know and love the source, you can't ask for anything more than that. Urban is very good, yes there's a touch of Harry Callahan in there but that just gave me a warm fuzzy glow, he's got the voice pitched perfectly (although there were a couple of points where he seemed to drop out of it, in the motorbike chase near the start, that may have been for clarity reasons though), I was worried they'd Batman him to the point of incomprehension but luckily he's gruff but clear. Olivia Thirlby is excellent as Anderson, helped in part by the perfect Anderson haircut, I could pick out exactly which artist from the comics they chose for her look, I've not seen her in anything else before but I liked her, good choice.
I liked the costumes, not so over-the-top as in the comics but believable, but one of my "issues" was the staging, yes I know the budget probably precluded a massive amount of CGI but the city didn't feel right, it gritty, probably more believable than the comics but it looks too now for my liking, rather than the futuristic setting from the comics, that's the one thing Stallone's version got right. Sure it's over the top but that was half the fun (and how do you keep the radiation out without a dome?). It's not helped by the vehicles used, a T25 VW? Really? As much as I love a T25, particularly one sliding round corners, this is a hundred or more years in the future, what are the chances one of those (or any of the other ancient looking vans and so forth) would still be running? Maybe it's a Cuban thing, no current car makers to speak of, so old models are kept running but again, that was a slight disappointment.
Apart from that, very good. Oh, the other proviso? Bent judges? They'd never have got through the psych-tests...
Interesting review, but.... 'Off of'?!?!
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Bleeurgh. I think you meant 'off'.
No I meant "off of", that's why I said it. Like "No, he's dead now, like Larry Hagman off of Dallas.".
Bleeurgh. You should have said 'off'.
For most Americans, the natural thing to say is “Climb down off of [pronounced “offa”] that horse, Tex, with your hands in the air”; but many UK authorities urge that the “of” should be omitted as redundant. Where British English reigns you may want to omit the “of” as superfluous, but common usage in the US has rendered “off of” so standard as to generally pass unnoticed, though some American authorities also discourage it in formal writing. But if “onto” makes sense, so does “off of.” However, “off of” meaning “from” in phrases like “borrow five dollars off of Clarice” is definitely nonstandard.
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Whevs... it's not like I said "should of" or anything...
Watched it last night and really enjoyed it, pleasantly suprised as I wasn't expecting much after Judge Stallone.
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