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.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.