Posted on 10/20/12 01:15 PM
Dreed is the most pleasent surprise of this year!
First of all trailer looked like crap to me, so I was not really thrilled with this new version of Dredd, but then I found out that Alex Garland is the screenwriter and that is the sole reason why I got little excited over this movie.
On the surface this is stupid simple action movie, but there is so much more here to think about. Watching this I was reminded of those great Paul Verhoeven movies like Total Recall or Robocop where overblown violence and satirical tone are used to bring attention to society problems.
But the beauty of Dredd is that you are not spoon fed with this problems...you are left to discover this on your own.
Is more violence really the right response to violence?
Why do people become violent? (just think for a second about the main villain in this movie, trully tragical character)
How thin is the line between democracy and facism?
This and many more intriguing questions are asked in this movie.
Slo-mo drug is used great both as a excuse for filmmakers to use extra slow motion scenes, wich are not only beautiful but almost poetic, and as a social commentary. What is left for people after all the beauty is gone from the world?
In my opinion people in this movie dont use drugs because they are addicted, but because they have desperate need to experience something beautiful in a world filled with pain and suffering.
This is not Zack Snyder movie where slow motion is just gimmick, here slow motion is integral part of storytelling.
I was very impressed with Karl Urban, not only because he is great as Dredd, but because he keeps his helmet on throughout .
My main problem with the movie is that some of the action scenes felt kind of uninspired, also there were some parts that felt slower than they should be. 3D was once again unnecessary and pointless.
But this is a great movie, and I am very sad because of the bad box office result, I would like to see more of Dredd in the future!
Soundtrack, set design, cinematography, use of slow motion...all this gives this project kind of unique vibe, you can just feel that this is a product of a clear vision.