Help us get to 60,000 subscribers on our YOUTUBE channel by the end of the year, click HERE
Our Review of Dredd:
Mark: So one of us really dug this movie…
Kristian: And one of us thought it was really subpar.
M: Guess which one!
K: Rob Schneider is back in Deuce Bigalow 2: Judge Dredd Returns…
M: That would be something to dread, luckily we are talking about the 2012 film in 3D, Dredd.
K: This is the film adaption of the popular comic book; back in the 1990’s Sly Stallone got his hands on it, and as much as I love him, he almost ran it into the ground. I am the law!
M: Wasn’t the best film I’ve ever seen…in order to play Dredd you need great lips; Karl Urban does and plays the role in this version. One of us liked it, but I’m unfortunately the one who, shall I say, did not care for it.
K: I loved this movie.
M: Love? Love is a word you use to describe your wife, daughter, what I tell my mom when I see her…and this movie??
K: It’s a word I use when I thought a film was going to be an utter pissbox and turns out to be a great action flick. It’s one layer, that’s all it is, but this movie is fun. It’s fun!
M: It takes place in one building, there’s a ton of action, but it never really moved for me. I felt like it was repetitive, and I hesitate to use this word but some of the visuals felt Bunraku-y to me.
K: I understand that but I totally disagree with you. Bunraku was a completely different kind of style.
M: And I hated that movie, this one wasn’t as bad.
K: But unlike Bunraku, this has a specific purpose when it employs those visuals, and only uses them once.
K: This film was brutal to me, the violence was brutal and didn’t feel cartoony to me.
M: Really? This didn’t feel cartoony?
K: No, it had some comic book/video game type moments, but the action felt real to me.
M: See, I’m a guy that loves action movies, but they need to have personality, some fun and I felt this was devoid of that. The closest you get to personality is Judge Dredd, played by Karl Urban. And the closest you get to character development is when he smiles, frowns, or utters the occasional one line. That was all the life this film had.
K: I thought the most character development wasn’t Dredd, but this girl Olivia Thirlby who’s been in…stuff…and it’s really her story that drives this thing.
M: She was good, better than I thought she’d be…and we also have Lena Heady as the villain, from Game of Thrones fame.
K: Yeah, Scarsey…what’s her name in Game of Thrones? The Lannister Queen.
M: She’s got some scars in this one; she was fine but overall I didn’t feel like anyone had fun in these roles.
K: I thought the casting was great; I remember reading the comic a long time ago and this felt very true to that source material. And Karl Urban, who I’ve been hard on in the past wondering if he can be a leading man, was great as Dredd. He doesn’t show his face half the time.
M: Any of the time! I get he was fine in the film, but I’m not sure that just showing lips is a good litmus test for whether one is a leading man. He did bring as much character to this role as he could.
K: I loved this film because it reminded me of watching an old school ‘80’s action film with the special effects of today. Movies like RoboCop or The Crow, I like that tone a lot and so to me I had a ball with this because like a great ‘80’s action flick.
M: I didn’t get that vibe at all…I understand the premise feels like that. It’s a bunch of people in a building, we gotta shoot them before they shoot us…but ‘80’s action films had a personality, they had fun being these violent masterpieces, and this one wasn’t fun. It felt like a labor.
K: I loved it, total brutality, I am shocked…
M: Here it comes…
K: I’ll say it, I was wrong…I didn’t think I’d like this but I’m Schmoeing this as an action film, not comparing it to The Master or anything, but I loved it for what it was: 4/5 Schmoes.
M: Wow, going high…I didn’t like this nearly as much, felt more like work than play and I like to have fun with my action movies, 2/5 Schmoes.
K: Wow, pretty low my friend…you are approaching the Dark Side.
K: How about you Schmoeville? Comment and let us know if you’re going to see Dredd, and once you do what did you think?
M: Let us know.
K: Let us…Schmoe!
M: Ugh, please say that’s not a new catchphrase.
K: You came up with it…
OUTTRODredd Movie Review,