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.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
How was the 3D?
lpoolfilmnerd on Jul 12, 2012
This makes me happy. I was already looking forward to this but now even more so. I especially love that it was shot in 3D
rocky728 on Jul 12, 2012
You really can't compare the two Alex, one is a martial arts film, while this is sci-fi, that's not a fair comparison IMO. How much better was it compared to the original?Alot of people knock the Stallone version, but the set design was fantastic.
jah p on Jul 12, 2012
And Stallone had the perfect voice and scowl for Dredd. If he left his helmet on he would have been perfect.
Triangle Dimes on Jul 12, 2012
Loved the first dred looking forward to this one. Alex, your in my town! Haha
vic diaz on Jul 12, 2012
This is great to hear guys! I can't wait to see it!
Mike Fly on Jul 12, 2012
I was there last night too! Loved it, fantastic film!!! Lots of gunplay and fun stuff to watch. Simple plot, but effective! Exactly what Judge Dredd should be.
LebowskiT1000 on Jul 12, 2012
I'm share the sentiments of a lot of other people here in that I'm really happy that this turned out to be good. It seemed like it would be awful, and there's just so fucking much that you can do in the Judge Dredd universe so maybe we can get a sequel sometime.
Triangle Dimes on Jul 12, 2012
You the man, AB!
DAVIDPD on Jul 12, 2012
As far as nerds go, I rate Ethan a 3.0 in chubbiness.
jko on Jul 12, 2012
Amazing video for kids
theruhm on Aug 7, 2012
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