First of, the anticipations for this movie is not great. I am a fan of the comic AND of the old movie with Stallone and Assante (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113492/), so this time around, I’m keeping the fan in me held back a bit.
Secondly, I wanna put my twelve cents worth on the table. This new Dredd-movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343727/) is NOT a remake, nor is it a reboot. I see it solely for what it is.. a porely configured continuation on what could’ve been a huge franchise back in the day, if the studios hadn’t taken a few wrongly convicted decisions. After all, the comic book itself contains a number of various stories. With Stallone (as Dredd) driving of into duty once again in the end, they left the storyline wide open for a continuation and alongside the license-based game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_Dredd_(1995_video_game), the opportunities for a toy-line was enormous.
Now, when I got that out of the way, I just have to ask… Karl Urban? Why? You don’t think he’s a little puny to play someone as (presumably) big as Judge Dredd? I mean, look at him. He looks like a little kid trying on his big brothers Halloween-costume or something.
If you look back to the comic, it appears that they have taken it upon themselves to destroy what is a classic badass, making him look ridiculous and stupid. And yes, I’m talking about BOTH Stallones and Urbans versions now. I can tell you just by looking at the pictures above, that the combination of Sly’s and Karl’s costumes would’ve made the perfect Dredd. The gritty futuristic feel of Dredd 2012 combined with the not unproportionally large helmet and the eagle-inspired Gardbrace of Dredd 1995, the Dredd we know in the comic would be complete!
Overall, the things I’ve seen from the new movie looks, in comparison to the old movie with Stallone, like something completely different. They should’ve just taken out some of the Dredd key-points, like Megacity One and so forth, re-written it a little bit and called it something else, like Future Cop or something else stock.
That’s it for now… I’ll be back later on with a remake for you! 😉
Peace out hombrés!