9/30/2012 2:05 PM
Does not disappoint! Now I know the bar was set really low from the first movie. Which was awesome! But in that really cheesy sort of way :). The new DREDD really set the stage for a new series of DREDD movies. Karl Urban, while never seeing his face he can frown just as well as Sylvester Stallone! Now Karl Urban and I have an interesting relationship. While I've loved every/show movie he has been in (Chronicles of Riddick, Lord of the Rings, Xena Warrior Princess etc.) The only two that I have actually liked HIM have been the new Star Trek movie, and apparently Xena (which I just remembered as I looked up his bio). I can now proudly say a 3rd has been added to that list. DREDD. His dark angsty acting style works great for this film, and you know instantly it is him, even though you never see his face.
Now to Olivia Thirlby (Anderson). Haven't really seen her in anything, but you can't take your eyes off her. Not just because she is a hot blonde, but because she's fantastic. The acting mix of Urban and Thirlby throughout the entire movie creates a great hard and soft feel, which is exactly what the plot conveys as well. A post apocalyptic wasteland of the United States, all civilization crammed into giant cities on the east coast, giant super cities interspersed through the slums. Yet there is hope, not just from Anderson, but the big bad evil bad guy of the movie. A woman. And a woman who played Sarah Connor (Lena Headey)!
I don't know if that was done on purpose, but I immediately had a soft spot for her, even though she was a horrifically horrifying bad guy. Gouging peoples eyes out, emasculating men with her teeth. Throwing skinned people off buildings. Yea, pretty gruesome. This movie is definitely not for youngsters! To intersperse the gore and horrifying nature of what is actually happening in the movie, there is Slo-Mo. A new drug that Lena Headey uses (Ma-Ma). Slo-Mo in the movie when inhaled creates the appearance of time slowing down, to a VERY slow rate. In the movie, not only does everything slow down, but colors enhance, light because brighter and almost divine looking, all the while crystal sounding new age music is playing. Like I said, great juxtaposition of soft and hard in this movie. Now I don't want to give away too much of the plot, as the movie is new and a lot of you may not have seen it yet. So here's my recommendation. Go SEE IT! GO SEE IT NOW!!!!
Mistress Von Gearmaster