I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Regarding this video, I have a sense for the ridiculousness - no offense intended, and it's all coming from a place of tribute. I only spend time with characters I dig. I'm being playful with the characters, I don't mean to fun of them. If you crack a smile, then my job here is done. I saw Dredd only about 2 or 3 weeks ago and was blown away. Watching Dredd was a weird experience - normally I watch movies and do something else that's brainless, but with this movie, for some reason, I just had to sit there and watch it with my full attention. I got sucked in and I couldn't do anything about it. I loved the way all the actors added so much to their character, I loved the realistic feel of the movie, loved the storyline. Unfortunately, I didn't know how good it would be (not sure how the ads could've been done differently), so am kicking myself for not seeing it in the cinema in 3D. And it's so funny! It's not a comedy, for sure, but the witty (tasteful) one-liners and the extreme situations put a smile on my face for practically the whole movie. This movie was made by people who are innovative and intelligent, and the result shows. Truly a quality film.
Searching Wikipedia, I was pretty gutted to see that it didn't recover its budget during the initial theatrical release. Thinking back, the reason I didn't see it was because the ads made it seem like a typical action movie (relying on forced one-liners, explosions and fans' desire to see the character on the big screen). But it was so different. It surely had action in it, but the film was driven by a solid narrative, the dialogue was all meaningful and revealing of the characters, and the Dredd universe brought out interesting themes. The filmmakers obviously went for consistency with the feel of the comic, rather than surface consistency (e.g. those rather impractical-looking gold shoulder garb in the comic). It's rare to find a film that's strong on ALL fronts. Loved the music, loved the practical outfits, loved the way the aspects of the future was very much like the present.
My only gripe is that at only 2 minutes and 23 seconds into the movie, Dredd obviously has his helmet off, but I guess it's unreasonable to expect him to sleep in his helmet. (j/k)
I am THRILLED that the people behind the original Dredd movie are eager to continue the franchise. It must have sucked to have created something so brilliant and then see it not do well in the theatres. In retrospect, I think it was a mistake to limit the release to 3D - at the very least, 2D showings would have allowed it to have recovered the cost, plus more, since people would have been more likely to give it a go. Word of mouth would have helped from that point. When I saw it in 2D at home, I was kicking myself for not seeing it in 3D - if I'd seen it in 2D at the theatres, I definitely would have seen it in 3D after that, as it's highly rewatchable.
I think it's appropriate that the sequel have the same budget as the first, or even higher. These filmmakers are creative, innovative and know their craft, and I look forward to whatever innovations they make in the future. Don't play it safe, fellas - just keep doing what you're doing. ;D
I'd totally support a kickstarter for a sequel. Just tell me which suit's butt I have to kick. 8D (but on a serious note, I would support a kickstarter as I'm happy to pay more for quality entertainment. Dredd truly is something special.)
Other ways to support a sequel -
"A smile is one of our greatest assets" (btw, I'm not trying to make fun of what this guy's saying - I was originally going to use 'smile' audio from Notting Hill in that scene where they're watching hammy movies done by Anna Scott, but there was too much music in the background, so I searched YouTube and found this. I simply thought it would be funny to have someone demanding that Dredd smile)
"Turn that frown upside down"
Mortal Kombat theme
My personal fave is Thrift Shop Dredd. Hey, who the heck knows what goes on in his mind. ;D
I thought to use the Dirty Harry audio because there's some kind of connection to Dredd - I think it was used as a model.
Other awesome videos -
Dredd vs Dredd www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpEshN...
0:00 Stayin' Alive
0:10 Poor Kay
0:24 DJ Dredd - Mortal Kombat
1:24 Anderson's interrogation
1:56 Dirty Dredd
2:43 Techie x Anderson
3:20 Kay fought the Lawgiver and the Lawgiver won
3:27 Thrift Shop Dredd
4:59 The Fangirl
5:40 Final Judgment