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    Alasdair Stuart writes for Bleeding Cool.

    The first trailer for Dredd has arrived and, for me, sits in a very odd spot. It's one of those movies where a lot of the visuals are completely counter intuitive to what I'm used to, but at the same time seem to fit the subject matter perfectly. It's got a fascinating look and visual grammar to it, as well as, of course, a tremendous amount of shooting and punching, and here are ten things I noticed about it.

    1.The Raid Effect

    Straight away, people have begun passing comment on how Dredd is lifting either premise or action beats from The Raid. It's easy to see why too, given that on one level both movies are about police officers fighting their way through a feudal tower block. Interestingly, this has already been addressed directly by Gareth Evans, The Raid's director, on Twitter:
    ?Dredd? looks great, not concerned at all about similarities. That film was in production around the same time we finished The Raid.
    So there you go.

    2.'800 million people living in the ruin of the old world.'

    Much has already been said about how this version of Mega City 1 looks a little sparse. I think the layout's ordered rather than sparse. Look at that opening shot of the city and the blocks equally placed, their shadows falling in precise, regimented lines. This may well be a city built under the supervision of the Judges, neatly designed, precisely ordered and still slipping into chaos.

    4.Ain't Got Time To Bleed

    The first time we see Dredd up close and personal, at .46, bears a little examination. It's a nice look at the biker gear/kevlar plates combo that the Judges wear and he looks convincingly battered and grimy. But look closer and you see something interesting. That's a bullet wound in the bottom left quadrant of his chest, and it's still bleeding. Which leads us to...5.Do Have Time To Stand Though

    At the 1.00 mark we get that shot of Dredd and Anderson looking out over the city as huge doors open in front of them. It's a nice shot, but as the camera pans around, we see Dredd's still carrying that chest wound. Now it's entirely possible, given the character, he's working a shift whilst wounded but there's also good evidence we're actually being shown the end of the movie here. Dredd's wounded, Anderson's battered and those Judges making their way through the doors could be the clean up crew. It's not certain yet, but it is a possibility.6. Breaking News

    At .52 seconds the news ticker makes a reference to the 'Fergee memorial riots'. Not only is that a lovely bit of fan service but it neatly contextualizes Dredd as a Judge who has served for some time, giving both him and his city some history.

    7. Breaking Faces

    Anderson's fight scene is interesting, because there are two ways you could view it. The first is that Cassandra Anderson is a rookie Judge and as a result is essentially a one woman SWAT team crossed with a homicide detective and bike cop. The other possibility is that Anderson's psi abilities mean she's moving past a strike before her opponents' thrown it. We know the fact she's psychic plays into the movie and it'd be nice if she used her abilities as practically as she may be doing here.

    8. Wide Open Spaces

    I love that the center of the block is empty because it speaks not only to the uniformity of Mega City 1 but also the desperation of finding a means to house so many people. This is a tower block extended far beyond its means, a vertical, feudal society and one which seems to have very few hiding places. It's a neat action conceit too, maximizing the scope of the movie but still keeping it claustrophobic.

    9. 'I am the Law.'

    As opposed to this. That calm, quiet assurance that Urban delivers the line with isn't just Dredd, this is old school Dredd, the character who strode across the English comics scene like a large, angry titan for decades. Combined with his other lines here, it provides an early look into how the movie's going to portray Dredd. They appear to be going for the calm, focused, futuristic Dirty Harry of the character's early run which, again, is nicely in keeping with the lean aesthetic of the movie.

    10. Reflecting On The Law

    At about the 2.00 minute mark we get a flash cut of Dredd with someone reflected in his visor. It's difficult to tell but, combined with the 'The sentence is death' moment a few seconds later, and the distinctly Headey-esque figure he's putting through a window, I wonder whether we're seeing the end here once again. After all, this is a trailer that starts with Ma-Ma throwing three men off the top of the block, so finishing it with her following them down makes a certain sense. If so it's interesting that so much of the ending is in the first trailer, showing real confidence in the movie and maybe tacitly acknowledging that no one really thinks Dredd's not going to make it out of this alive.

    Or is he?

    Dredd is released on September 7th in the UK and September 12th in the US, because, presumably, justice needs to book trans-Atlantic flights just like the rest of us.

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    Er... what happened to 3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC Blog Poster View Post

    1.The Raid Effect

    Straight away, people have begun passing comment on how Dredd is lifting either premise or action beats from The Raid. It's easy to see why too, given that on one level both movies are about police officers fighting their way through a feudal tower block. Interestingly, this has already been addressed directly by Gareth Evans, The Raid's director, on Twitter:
    ?Dredd? looks great, not concerned at all about similarities. That film was in production around the same time we finished The Raid.
    Evans is being a little coy there. Dredd was due to be released BEFORE The Raid but was pushed back and Dredd's script was leaked 9 months BEFORE Evans started shooting The Raid back in 2010. Still, I think while the structure may be similar - and as he says, not exactly original - the tone, style and overall conceit are very different.

    Also there is due to be an American remake of The Raid so perhaps this will scupper that if they are overly similar

    I've watched the trailer a few more times now and it's definitely grown on me. Very much looking forward to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopsatgreen View Post
    Er... what happened to 3?
    "Three" is illegal in this city, creep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopsatgreen View Post
    Er... what happened to 3?
    I'm gonna have to go up to three on yer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PreacherCain View Post
    Evans is being a little coy there. Dredd was due to be released BEFORE The Raid but was pushed back and Dredd's script was leaked 9 months BEFORE Evans started shooting The Raid back in 2010. Still, I think while the structure may be similar - and as he says, not exactly original - the tone, style and overall conceit are very different.

    Also there is due to be an American remake of The Raid so perhaps this will scupper that if they are overly similar

    I've watched the trailer a few more times now and it's definitely grown on me. Very much looking forward to it!
    I don't know if he's just misinformed, or blatantly being misleading. He's saying Dredd was filming by the time The Raid had ended, when in fact it's the other way around. Dredd finished filming at the end of February 2011, while The Raid didn't even start filming until sometime in March 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny38606 View Post
    I don't know if he's just misinformed, or blatantly being misleading. He's saying Dredd was filming by the time The Raid had ended, when in fact it's the other way around. Dredd finished filming at the end of February 2011, while The Raid didn't even start filming until sometime in March 2011.
    He may have meant POS-production.

    I do think that starting with a comparison to THE RAID is doing DREDD a disservice. I've lost count of the times I've seen folks online make that comparison, without knowing the timing involved.

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    He's probably just only vaguely aware of Dredd's timings, I doubt he's looking out for it the way we are.
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    I think the only thing that may jar with 2000AD readers is the thing that John Wagner had a problem with - the use of non futuristic vehicles. I don't think anyone unfamiliar with the comics will notice.

    I'm happy with the stripped back street level feel of the trailer. We all love the Dredd epics, but 90% of Dredd's stories are about street level crime, that's what he's all about. Urban looks suitably tough and he's proved he can handle the action in many a film.

    Hopefully this makes enough of a profit to warrant a bigger budget sequel like The Transporter.

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    I think starting with a street level crime film and escalating to a huge epic one could be just the way to go with Dredd. I would love to see films based on the Apocalypse War or a Dark Judges story and hope this does well enough to warrant that.

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