The First Clip from 'Dredd' Looks Like an Ultra-violent Diesel Ad Come to Life
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The First Clip from Dredd Looks Like an Ultraviolent Diesel Jeans Ad Come to Life

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 13, 2012 | Comments ()

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Dredd screened at Comic Con, and so far, has received favorable reviews from the geeks types and slightly more mixed reviews from the critic types. Normally, I'd see how TK weighs in before I made a viewing decision, but the first clip from Dredd tells me all I need to know. Story be damned, I'm there for the violence. The glorious slow-motion, gorgeously photographed ultraviolence. Oh, and of course, Karl Urban (and Olivia Thirlby looks cute as a blonde, too).

It comes from director Pete Travis, who in no way previewed this sort of talent for color and pretty in Vantage Point, so I'm going to give credit for this sequence to cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, who worked on Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and some other Danny Boyle films (like Millions). Never underestimate the cinematographer: They go so unappreciated.

This clip is absolutely gorgeous. Look at the stars in the blood splatter!

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  • Justin Kuhn

    looks awesome. So the 3D is why the splatter isn't staying in the widescreen matte with the rest of the movie, I guess?

  • scott

    Odd that there are face shots, but no "head shots."
    Perhaps Pete Travis is obsessed with bullets ripping through cheeks, but is bored by flying brain matter.

    Also, how strange to see bare boobs in a gunfight again...
    Much has changed since the Point Break days.

  • Love the Urban scowl, hate the extreme slo-mo. Sometimes it feels like they just use that shit to fatten up a movie's length when they don't have enough material.

  • TheMudshark

    I hope you DO know it´s not like you can just take any film footage and slow it down to achieve that effect.

  • I'm trying really hard to care about this flick but I just can't. Maybe as a double feature to The Raid: Redemption but the slow-mo just looks ridiculous and gratuitous. "This is how it would look to be shot while on this drug that makes everything look slow motion." Why the fuck is that a drug you would want to take more than once? How is this habit forming? This movie looks balls out stupid I don't give a shit how much of a chubby you have for the Judge Dredd comic.

  • TheReinaG

    Is this a joke review? Am I too hungover to catch it or something?

  • emmelemm

    Shure is purty to look at.

  • OldSchool60

    That's more of a super-duper-ultra-hyper-giga-mega-slow-motion.
    Oddly enough, it seems to work for me.

  • boo

    Sometimes slo-mo can really enhance the tension and intensity. Maybe it's because it's lacking context, or maybe some other unknown part of the formula is missing because it's a clip, but this just screams out BORING to me. It's TOO slow to create any momentum. Nothing feels actually tense.

    Big. Fat. Meh. And this, coming from an action/horror/sci-fi fiend.

  • Bryan Gittleman

    ugh, im tired of slow motion!

  • stryker1121

    meeeee toooooo

  • hapl0

    Are we back to slow motion again? What? The "golden" years after the Matrix weren't enough?

    Also, the last time ultra violence was made into such a huge deal was Punisher: War Zone and we all know how that turned out.

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  • BWeaves

    How come the assistant doesn't get a helmet?

  • hapl0

    She's a rookie, that's why.

  • SA ROE

    So the whole point of the drug is so they can do slo-mo ultra-gore? Talk about product placement.

  • ManBearPig

    I think it´s the same drug as in Robocop 2...I don´t know where I´m going with this.
    Carry on.

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  • zeke_the_pig

    I just assumed that was the scowl... That shit's coming off the screen; 1D, 2D, whatever-D

  • pajiba

    I AGREE. Except in this instance. I want it to FEEL like I'm about to get splattered with face blood.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I think the real star of this is the Urban scowl. Look at that thing! It's like a U-bend as depicted by Salvador Dali. If the man scowled anymore it'd drip straight off his face.

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