Hypable TIFF Movie Review: ‘Dredd’

12:45 pm EDT, September 7, 2012

We’ve been hearing a lot of people lately comparing the trailer for Dredd to that of The Raid: Redemption, and rightfully so. The trailer for Dredd really played up aspects of the film that resembled The Raid almost to a tee, but what one has to realize is it’s not the filmmaker who makes the trailer, it’s some dude in marketing who’s like, “People like The Raid? Do that.”

Anyway, Dredd is not the The Raid. The only similarities is it takes place in a locked down building and the villain is at the top. Otherwise, the two should remain seperate. Dredd is a bizarre, funny, action-packed piece of work that hits all the right points.

In a bleak future, cities have been erected from the old world, incorporating new technology and structural architecture in with the basic slums of today’s world. Mega-City One stretches from Boston to Washington D.C, and is overrun by crime and chaos. The only remaining form of law enforcement are judges. Judges have the power of judge, jury, and executioner and use it in spades. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is a judge of a certain rank that is never really discussed in the film, but one can imagine he has been on the force long enough to gain status.

At the start of the film, he is called in from a routine homicide/insane shooting spree to meet Rookie Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a trainee who narrowly failed her judge training but is still being considered due to certain abilities of a psychic nature that I will not discuss further.

Dredd takes Anderson out on a training mission to the 200 story Peach Trees building, an apartment/living area for thousands of unemployed and depressing people (and for skateboarding hooligans who have a half pipe built in to the outside of the 78th floor, for some crazy reason).

Needless to say, a homicide investigation at Peach Trees goes awry, and Ma Ma (a fantastic Lena Headey), the leader of a gang of absurdly violent criminals who are also manufacturing and distributing a new drug called Slo Mo (AKA an excuse for awesome imagery), try to kill our two judges.

The plot is simple, but the inventiveness with which the story is told is what sets it apart from other schlock. That and its fantastically droll script, written by 28 Days Later scribe Alex Garland. That being said, it’s a movie written for a specific audience. It’s very, very graphic, very profane, and full of “He totally just said that” lines (his catchphrase: “I am the law.”) The midnight fanboy crowd watched it were drooling all over it, and the people who made it seemed genuinely happy to be a part of something so amusing, which is refreshing.

In final and complete summation, Dredd is simple, delightful, comic fun for a crowd that wants it.

Grade: A

Rated: R (for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content)

Dredd opens in theaters on September 21, 2012 and was screened as part of Midnight Madness at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Nickelodeon debuts action-packed ‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ trailer at SDCC

The brand new trailer features tons of nods to the original '90s game show!

4:33 pm EDT, July 23, 2016

Get ready for a serious dose of nostalgia, ’90s kids! Nickelodeon just premiered the trailer for the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie at San Diego Comic-Con and you’re definitely going to want to check it out!

The upcoming made-for-TV movie centers around three siblings who find themselves immersed in the temple after breaking away from a jungle tour. Once inside, they discover all the legends they’ve grown up hearing about the mysterious temple are actually real.

Being trapped in the temple itself may sound cool at the beginning, but the siblings will soon learn that getting out may be tougher than they originally anticipated. They’ll have to follow the map and survive the Temple’s many hidden rooms if they want to make it out unscathed.

Check out the first trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple below!

Fans of the original game show are sure to recognize quite a few of the most iconic aspects taken from the beloved ’90s series. Olmec aside, the first action-packed trailer includes mentions of the steps of knowledge, the shrine of the silver monkey, and more — they’ve even managed to slip in mentions of some of the old teams contestant were able to play on when competing on the original game show!

The upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple movie reunites Kirk Fogg (original TV how host) and Dee Bradley Baker (original voice of Olmec), and additionally stars Isabela Moner, Colin Critchley, and Jet Jurgensmeyer.

Legends of the Hidden Temple premieres on Nickelodeon in the fall of 2016.

What did you think of the first trailer for ’Legends of the Hidden Temple’?

Hot off the heels of the Wonder Woman trailer DC has released our first look at the art for Justice League as well as the first trailer!

It’s a very exciting day to be a DC movies fan! After debuting the Wonder Woman trailer earlier today, DC surprised everyone with the first official Justice League trailer which has been simultaneously released publicly during its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. It should be noted that the video, posted on Director Zack Snyder’s Twitter account, includes a title card at the beginning denoting that this video was made specifically for fans at Comic-Con. “The following footage was prepared by the filmmakers as a special look for fans in attendance at Comic-Con 2016.”

Click full screen, turn up your volume, and get ready for this!

The “trailer” (if that’s what we’re calling it) doesn’t give away much about the plot of the movie, however. It features Bruce Wayne checking in and recruiting Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash – the three of which weren’t as heavily featured in this year’s Batman V Superman.

One of the more thrilling parts of the video is when Bruce Wayne shows up to meet The Flash and throws a Batarang at him. We get to see the slow motion perspective of The Flash while a Batarang whizzes by his face, with him ultimately realizing who has just appeared before him. Before Bruce even has a second to sell him on joining the Justice League, he’s interrupted. “Stop right there. I’m in,” says The Flash.

After the mixed reviews of Batman V Superman from earlier this year, it looks like Justice League might have taken some notes from the massive success of Deadpool’s light-hearted but serious comic book movie template. It already feels like this ensemble cast will lend itself to making up some ground in terms of likability. Ezra Miller’s The Flash is easily the “you-gotta-love-this-kid” character based on his one scene alone. Meanwhile, Aquaman will appeal to those burly, rugged Wolverine style fans. Both character types were missing from the sometimes confusing Batman V Superman.

Check out the full photo of the Justice League featuring our first detailed looks of The Flash, Cyborg, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman together in one place.

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We still have a while before we get to hit theaters for Justice League. The superhero sure-to-be blockbuster is set to hit theaters November 17, 2017.

What did you think of your first look at the upcoming Justice League movie?

WB debuted a new trailer for Wonder Woman on Saturday morning at San Diego Comic-Con.

Gal Gadot and the cast of Wonder Woman introduced the new trailer, which offers a massive new look at the first female-led super hero movie (during this new wave of super hero madness, anyway). Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor and Gadot’s Diana Prince seem to have some great chemistry. And unsurprisingly, Wonder Woman gets up to a lot of ass-kicking in the three minute preview. Perhaps one of the coolest moments is when she fends off a lot of fire power, and one of the funniest moments comes at the end, when Diana equates Steve’s secretary to a slave. Watch below:

The movie is directed by Patty Jenkins, who has clearly done an amazing job bringing Wonder Woman to life with Gadot.

A new poster for Wonder Woman was also released, finally revealing her (colorful!) costume:

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Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. The film’s synopsis reads:

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.