The movie was faithful to the bad dialogue though.
Needless to say, Judge Dredd needed a reboot more than any movie in the history of cinema other than possibly The Golden Compass. And okay, maybe not in the history of cinema, but Rob Schneider ruins movies just by looking in their general direction. I don't think there is a single actor more universally despised than him and I just gave him a compliment by calling him an "actor". Adam Sandler should be given a humanitarian award just because of the charity he gives this man by keeping his career alive.
I was psyched when I heard about the reboot coming out this September. The casting of Karl Urban as Dredd seemed a little odd but I didn't care. Judge Dredd isn't exactly a multi-dimensional character (that Stallone still screwed up). Lena Headey is the villain, which is tits. Most importantly, no comic relief character that wasn't needed the first fucking time. This was going to be the gritty, dark, amoral Judge Dredd movie the first one was supposed to be. The law is back baby! Let's see that trailer.
Honestly though, this looks like it will be an enjoyable film that has the proper Judge Dredd characteristics. It certainly looks darker than the first film and sounds like it too since Dredd talks like Christian Bale's Batman. The trailer didn't hint at if the movie will be violent enough for a real Judge Dredd movie, but the R rating helps put those fears to rest. The biggest complaint I see from other people is the change to his uniform, but I don't have a problem with it. His uniform in the comics, and to some degree the first movie, makes Dredd look like a gaudy flamenco dancer who just jumped off a float at Carnivále. Hard to include that in a gritty movie if the audience can't take the main character seriously.
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I am optimistic for Dredd. I haven't said that in a long time regarding a reboot but this one actually felt needed. Also, you know what, it's weird to write about a movie reboot that I think I might like. Really weird. It's almost as if, something else, is happening to off set it. That can't be true though....
Oh? What's this?
Disclaimer: Dredd will not take off his helmet in this movie. Calling it.
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