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View Poll Results: How would you rate Dredd?
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Old September 23 2012, 12:19 AM   #61
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2.2 million on Friday.

If you want to see it, better see it now. The movie is going to be out of theaters in a few days. I guess no one in the US cares about the comic character?
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Old September 23 2012, 03:51 AM   #62
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Headey was awesome as MaMa. I'm rewatching The Sarah Connor Chronicles at the moment and it was a huge disconnect to see her as the thoroughly evil, bloodthirsty villain.

The action was gloriously violent and bloody, which was a huge surprise as I'd expected another PG-13 neutering.
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Old September 23 2012, 12:45 PM   #63
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Wow, that film tanks unexpectedly bad. I actually thought it would fail, seeing that films like Total Recall and Conan failed, but not that bad. But at least it doesn't have that big a budget.
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Old September 23 2012, 03:05 PM   #64
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And at least it was R-rated.
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Old September 23 2012, 03:47 PM   #65
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I really liked this film. It was very gritty, very R-rated. The cast all did great jobs. I do hope it does well box office wise in the long run. It deserves too.

My only issue was when Wood Harris's character captures Anderson with her own gun. I couldn't see it, but was he holding her finger to the trigger? If not, there was no way he could've shot her. I was also wondering if maybe she allowed herself to be captured so that she could get on the inside.
If he'd tried to use the gun he'd have blown himself to pieces...which means he'd have blown Anderson to pieces as well!

Shame this isn't doing better. Shame that 18 cert films keep failing somewhat, it just increases the pressure on studios to keep churning out 12A sanitised things like The Hunger Games.

That said, the thing to remember about Dredd is that it wasn't expensive to make, so factoring in rest of the world and DVD sales it might do enough to justify a sequel...I hope so, in fact I really ought to try and see it again, I did enjoy it and I will be getting the DVD.
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Old September 23 2012, 05:46 PM   #66
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Drug my girlfriend to this last night (in 2D), and we both thought it was very good! I can't say much that hasn't been said already. Urban was great! The villain was good. Hell, I even thought the guy they drug around with them was cool, though I half expected him to turn out to be the Rob Schneider, wacky comic relief we come to expect from action films.

It sucks that the film isn't doing too well! There was a lot of passion put into this, and it is always a shame when that kind of dedication to a film isn't rewarded!
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Old September 23 2012, 06:06 PM   #67
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Gutted to hear this isn't doing better. I really hope it picks up off word of mouth.
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Old September 23 2012, 06:17 PM   #68
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OUTSTANDING.

Very sad to see this film flopping the way it is. It deserves so much better. It borrowed alot from The Raid, but you know what?

Dredd > The Raid
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Old September 23 2012, 07:46 PM   #69
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Are the 3D screenings being pushed as hard at the expense of the 2D ones in the States as they are in the UK? I can see that playing a part in the films downfall, the 3D is nice but add so much to the film I could see people being willing to pay that extra amount for them without a pre existing love for the character. Hell, I think more 2D showings would have helped the UK boxoffice, the core audience for The Sweeny would have been a similar 70's kids on a nostalgia kick crowd and that apparently took 50% more on its opening weekend (despite supposedly being poo).

Very sad to see this film flopping the way it is. It deserves so much better. It borrowed alot from The Raid, but you know what?

Dredd > The Rai
The films were in development at the same time so the resemblance seems to be a coincidence. Though Tharg makes a little joke about it in the latest Prog by having a competition for Raid DVD's ("The film everyone's talking about... in Dredd reviews").
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Old September 23 2012, 09:44 PM   #70
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I have not noticed much in the way of marketing for this movie in America. John Carter, by contrast, had buses, billboards, TV ads - a botch, sure, but money was being spent. How can anyone go to see it if they haven't heard of it?

Plus, post-Labor Day is not the time to release a summer movie. We're going into fall Oscar-bait season and people who want action flicks may have stopped paying attention.

We all know about it, but ComicCon/fan awareness is very different from reaching the average moviegoer who has never heard of Dredd. But considering that Dredd is an amalgam of pop culture tropes, "unfamiliarity" should not be an issue.

The fact that the movie is low budget implies it also has a low marketing budget, since that's tied to expecations of a movie's profit-making potential. The bigger budget movies get the bigger marketing budgets. That Stallone travesy had twice the production budget if the new movie, and that was in 1995 dollars!

Summer action movies have become a winner-take-all business, with a few winners sweeping up (Hunger Games, The Avengers, The Dark Knight) and everything else floundering. Any movie that isn't reasonably big budget doesn't stand a chance.
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Old September 23 2012, 09:44 PM   #71
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This was a solid movie, though the claustrophobic setting and lack of scope is definitely a bad mark.

Has anyone seen The Raid: Redemption? It is literally the exact same movie. Small team of cops enters a slum building run by a drug lord who lives on the top floor. Once inside, they're trapped and can't escape and must fight their way to the top to find the drug lord. Also they're betrayed by crooked cops.
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Old September 24 2012, 03:34 AM   #72
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^Gotta disagree. The setting was awesome. It perfectly demonstrated a vertical slum of unimaginable proportions. Peach Trees WAS a whole city. Miles of narrow concrete hallways where one could get shot at any time just by someone poking around a corner and taking a potshot. It's contrasted by the atrium, an vast open space bigger than ANYTHING in ANY building actually built to date. It effectively portrayed the scale of the setting within the time allotted.

Many movies show mile-tall buildings as background. This is one of a handful that shows how insane of a scope just one building with 70,000+ occupants is.
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Old September 24 2012, 04:47 AM   #73
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As for her gun, my first impression was she didn't dare fight him for it in the elevator due to the fail safe charge in the grip taking her head off with his hand. That said, I was certain she was going to psi burst his intentions and wheelkick his ass, but I guess she can't be perfect.

As for 2D showings, I had to drive 30 minutes to find a theatre that wasn't showing it in 3D, and it only had 2 shows a day in 2D, but six in 3D. Me and six guys were the only ones in that showing. WTF? I don't care how good you think your 3D is, why shoot yourself in the foot by advertising both 2 and 3D and then making it such a pain in the ass to see the 2D?

I get you think the higher ticket price will draw in more money from fewer people, but guess what, it doesn't and it didn't. When I used to work at the theatre, people that came to see one movie, but missed it and went to another that was playing or who just showed up to see something during the matinee very rarely opted to go the 3D version of anything on the fly. And most people, when given the choice, opted for the 2D version, when they came with the intention of seeing the film, anyway.

Price for 3D = half again as much as the 2D price, which is already exorbitant.

3D glasses = SUCK. Usually a dirty, germy mess.

3D itself = way overrated and gives everyone in my family either eye-strain, headaches or nausea. (I admit some of the scenes in this flick would have been interesting to see 3D, and not everyone gets physical discomfort from 3D)

(Tangential, but IMAX is friggin DOUBLE regular ticket price, which I learned the hard way when I went to see Raiders recently. It does look and sound awesome, though.)

I really hope this gets sequels, and I intend to see it again, but I'll live with my copy on DVD, if I have to.
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Old September 24 2012, 06:00 AM   #74
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I think putting 3D in the title does the film a disservice, turning Dredd into a gimmick. But the movie would've worked even without 3D, which is usually a waste in general. I don't know about anyone else, but it's rare that I'm actually "wowed" by it, whether in the theater or at home. If anything, I tend to forget it's even on.
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Old September 24 2012, 09:57 AM   #75
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Unfortunately the 3D was a prerequisite to secure the funding needed, which might further explain why they're really pushing the 3D so much at the expense of 2D. Bit of a double edged sword sadly.

Have to add though, I detest 3D and yet I thought this was one of the better 3D films I've seen.
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