Video Blog: 'Dredd 3D' with Karl Urban is Violent, Gritty & Awesome
by Alex Billington
July 12, 2012
Believe it! To kick off Comic-Con 2012 with some great buzz on preview night, Lionsgate held an early preview screening of Dredd 3D, the brand new remake/re-adaptation of the 2000 AD comic Judge Dredd. Director Pete Travis cast Kiwi actor Karl Urban as the new Dredd, who indeed never takes off his helmet, and Olivia Thirlby as a young, up-and-coming Judge under his assessment. It's awesome. It's badass. It's gritty. It's a bit like The Raid, but has its own story, courtesy of Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine), that never wastes a second of worthwhile time. Damn, I already want to see it again! Our video blog below.
Following the screening, Ethan and I recorded a video blog in San Diego with our initial thoughts on Dredd:
Dredd 3D was made on a minor budget, filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, shot in 3D, and being released this fall worldwide. I really loved this movie, it's such a fun, violent, good time. I honestly like Dredd even more than The Raid, especially thinking back on both of them further. The action scenes may not top The Raid, but everything else in combination knocks it out of the park. It's incredibly violent, but awesome. Fantastic performances, especially from Urban and Thirlby, great direction, amazing visuals, intense sci-fi action, excellent soundtrack. I'm glad they showed this movie early at Comic-Con, the energetic crowd of comic/movie geeks in attendance tonight topped it all of. Can't wait to see it once it's released in September.