The Trailer Park: Here Comes the Dredd

One of the upcoming movies highlighted in today’s post is supposed to be a comedy, but the trailer looks like it has a serious tone underneath. The other is probably meant to be a serious sci-fi actioner, but the preview makes it seem unintentionally comedic. I doubt I’ll see either one in the theater, but which will be worth watching at home on Blu-ray?

‘Here Comes the Boom’

Kevin James abandons his post as a zookeeper and jumps in the octagon in the latest comedy from Frank Coraci. As an MMA fan, I’m actually willing to give this dud a chance. Sick, isn’t it? The trailer makes the premise and the movie as a whole seem overtly sappy, but the idea of a comedic twist to last year’s ‘Warrior’ sounds oddly amusing. James was able to muster a few chuckles out of me when he worked as a mall cop, so I’m hoping he can do the same here. At least, one or two hearty guffaws would be nice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHOpsCeSLsY&feature=em-uploademail

‘Dredd’

With many comic-book heroes getting the reboot treatment lately, including rumors of another ‘Spawn’ movie sometime next year, why not revisit a cheese-tacular sci-fi lawman? What I find most surprising about this new Judge Dredd flick from ‘Vantage Point’ director Pete Travis is that it features Dr. Bones as the titular character. The preview doesn’t look half-bad, but neither does it make the movie look all that exciting, aside from some cool camera techniques. The original movie with Stallone is actually a guilty pleasure of mine, so I’ll definitely be watching this. But only on Blu-ray, just to play it safe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqZXKENSBeU&feature=em-uploademail

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11 comments

  1. HuskerGuy

    Despite actually liking the Stallone version, I was excited to hear about a darker version of Dredd coming out . . . until I saw the trailer this weekend.

    The voice is totally a forced Batman style gruffness that I couldn’t help but laugh at. Definitely a rental.

  2. JM

    ‘Dredd’ makes me wish they had brought back Stallone.

    Firing the director to let the writer edit the film I don’t know how to feel about.

    But Lena Headey is the perfect kind of wicked.

    For a $45M budget, this is looking like entirely rentable pulp.

    I wonder how they handle the lovin’, if they never take their helmets off.

  3. Dredd and gruffness is exactly the way its supposed to be, how is it any different than Stallones crazy voice? Either way I’m a fan of the original and I’m a fan of Karl Urban in all his action roles, plus this is only being made on a $40 million budget or so, so I’m sure it will have a comic booky cheese factor to it even though its supposed to be dark, but I’m all for a more violent Dredd, plus that slow mo drug just gives the movie an excuse to film some crazy slow motion action scenes that I cant wait to see 🙂

  4. I actually find the Stallone version is a guilty pleasure too. Having said that, over-the-top clothing aside, the production design and future world of Stallone’s Dredd were great. you really got the feeling you were somewhere else. The new one looks entirely too ‘contemporary real world’. I like Karl though, so I’ll certainly give it a go.

  5. The Dredd trailer looks like a low-budget made-for-cable B-movie trying to pass itself off as a big-budget theatrical A-movie. And yes, the Bat-voice is terrible.

    I refuse to watch the trailers for anything starring Kevin James.

  6. JM

    ‘Dredd’ killed at Comic-Con with its uber violence / exploitation gore / Verhoeven-esque satire.

    Alex Garland wrote this as the first in a trilogy. As an indie film, he said 2&3 will get greenlit if ‘Dredd’ makes $50M+ in the US.

    ‘Punisher’ only made $33M, ‘Sin City’ only made $74M.

      • JM

        Same can be said about film festivals. ‘The Raid’ only made $4M.

        ‘Dredd’ also has to compete with ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ ‘Looper,’ and The Wachowskis’s ‘Cloud Atlas.’

        The comic book adaptation charts are a cinematic graveyard.

        ‘A History of Violence’ made $32M, ‘Punisher: War Zone’ made $8M.