As a Judge Dredd fan, I wanted the 2012 film to succeed. Karl Urban is very well cast. The story gives us great insight into living IN Mega City One, as opposed to ruling OVER it in Stallone's action comedy. But for me there wasn't enough to fill an entire movie. Imagine my delight when I found Rogue-Thex's 34-minute edit! It paces better than the original movie, and fits great with the original comics where most storylines were short and stand-alone.
If the 1995 movie reminds me of Wagner (high-gloss, clean, overt humor), the 2012 movie reminds me of McMahon (gritty, dirty, angry). I would love to see Urban in a sequel, using Bolland as reference (authoritarian, unyielding, beyond us mere mortals).
My one criticism of the edit is Anderson's jarring re-appearance (as also noted by others).
My only regret from this fanedit is that it's over so quickly. It's the right length for the material, I just wish there was more material.
Really great short of one of the few great comic book films in the last decade. While the original Stallone flick is completely forgettable, 2012's Dredd was a fantastic film, and Rogue manages to distill all the grit and tone of the film into a short. A great watch, no noticeable cuts and very very entertaining. Excellent stuff.
Long term Dredd fan. I was really curious how you could really edit down a 90minute film into a 27....
Does he do it? Hell yes! I was really surprised and in all honesy I didn't think he'd be able to do it, but yes he does.
The editing is superior, I did watch an earlier version that did have a few holes in it, but the later version patched these all up. Things play out slightly differently in this edit from the original film, but it all works and it is seemless.
Wanna watch Dredd and only have 30 mins? Then watch this version.
Rogue’s excellent reimagining of DREDD includes all of the original’s most memorable moments, while offering a new take on the film. For me, the most notable difference is that the events now take place over one day. This change creates a strong contrast between the squalid, sealed-off interior of Peach Trees – where it might as well be night all the time – and the bright outside world.
In part one, a montage does a fantastic job of summarizing Dredd and Anderson’s badassery. In part two, however, I could see the seams in some of the editing. Before the Gatling gun assault, the audio drops out awkwardly on a shot of Ma-Ma. Later, when the assault is intercut with Kay’s attempted execution of Anderson, a key line is drowned out by music. Finally, it is disorienting when the computer guy reveals that Ma-Ma is in her private quarters; wasn’t she leading the assault only minutes ago?
But these moments are only minor bumps in an otherwise smooth ride. The editing is nearly perfect considering the number of changes made, and you get your fill of gore and grit in an exciting half an hour. Recommended.
I've been a Dredd fan since he was introduced in issue 2 of 2000AD (gives my age away a bit).
I enjoyed the original Dredd movie release and was interested to see how it could be shoe horned into a 30 minute package.
Well Rogue did it and it's great. The movie still flows well and the cuts are not noticeable at all, barring Anderson's sudden reappearance with Dredd after her escape. If I hadn't seen the original and this was presented to me as a short, I don't think I would have felt anything was missing.
I agree with earlier reviewers that splitting the movie into two halves was jarring and cut into my immersion. I understand that it's supposed to be a Super 8 type cut but no Super 8 effects were added and the title isn't "Super 8 Cut" so why not leave out the reel change?
Minor gripes aside I'd recommend this cut to anyone, Dredd fan or not.