Tag Archives: dystopia

Posts than mention repressive and state controlled societies, as characterized in books like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Judgement time: You missed Dredd 3D in Theaters

I thought there were more hard-core Judge Dredd fans out there who would flock to any film adaptation; no matter how flawed, as long as Sylvester Stallone was not involved. But Dredd 3D seems to have come and gone with little fanfare. I can’t believe I just said fanfare. But I was wrong . nobody gave Dredd a chance.

Dredd 3D was awesome. Yes, it was still a departure from the 2000 A.D. Comics. That shouldn’t stop you from giving it a chance. It’s a fun movie even if it’s not a literal translation. Sometimes what works in print just doesn’t translate to the screen. For example costume and wardrobe design was really good this time around. The Judges’ gear looked more like a S.W.A.T team’s kit and less like the often outlandish gear depicted in the comics. If the film were 100% true to the comic we would be right back to leotards, giant shoulder guard eagles, and possibly even thigh-high bright green boots. That’s not very far from the Sylvester Stallone “Judge Dredd”.

Karl Urban delivered a very dry and almost soulless Judge Dredd which is expected but perhaps overdone to comedic result. Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) offers a different take on Psi-Judge Anderson but it works on some kind of “girl interrupted” level. All I can say about Ma-Ma is that Lena Headey should play a villain more often because her go as Sarah Connor was a fail.

What Dredd 3D really lacked was any meaningful context for the insanity of life in the Mega-City 1 (not to mention what’s left of the rest of the wold). Maybe a more colorful view of the post apocalyptic world would have interested more fans. On a positive note, this leaves a massive amount of material for a sequel, if the meager box office returns from this film can entice the studio to make another one.

Do yourself a favor: when Dredd comes to Blu-Ray, DVD, Netflix or Amazon Instant Video (That’s how I roll) check it out. It’s a good time shoot-em-up with tons of action.

Keeping score: The Hunger Games movie

Last night we had the opportunity to see a midnight showing of the new film “The Hunger Games” based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
The Hunger Games was acceptable, as far as movie adaptations of novels go. It certainly suffered some loss of fidelity during the translation from page to screen but that is what you expect. Worth the price of admision? If you’re a fan of the books it is definitely worth your time to see how someone else imagined the world of Panem and the 12 districts. Other than that, wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray.
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Your first Hunger Games movie is almost ready.

The Hunger Games movie is moving another step closer to a theater near you. Lionsgate films announced recently that principal photography for the “Hunger Games” has wrapped.

The film is the first in a trilogy based on the Hunger Games series of books by author Suzanne Collins and stars Jennifer Lawrence In the lead role. The hunger Games cast also features some very noteworthy talent. Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and, Woody Harrelson all appear in important supporting roles.  You can probably expect the other two chapters, “Catching Fire” and “Mocking Jay” to follow in short order.

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Whatever happened to that new Judge Dredd movie?

Do you remember the Judge Dredd reboot project starring Karl Urban that was announced last year? Whatever happened to that? After the comedy that was the Stallone version of Dredd I was looking forward to a darker gritter version of Dredd. One without gold cod-pieces and flying motorcycles.

According to reports, Urban does not appear in the film per-se, as Dredd never removes his helmet. Urban had said that this was important to maintain the sense of  “faceless justice” that Dredd represents.

I don’t know about you but I’ll take a darker version of Dredd over the Green lantern any day.

Weekend Movies: Repo Men

In a dystopian future artificial organs are financed in much the same way we finance automobiles.  Jude Law, and Forest Whitaker are repo men who work for the massive corporation which both manufactures and finances these artificial organs.

If a client falls behind on his payments these repo men are assigned the task of recovering the “artiforgan”. These asset recoveries amount to little more than brutal field surgeries which often resulting in client fatality. Clients are advised at the time of recovery of their right to have an ambulance summoned. How thoughtful. Alice Braga, and Liev Schreiber also appear in this vision of a near future world. Continue reading