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.
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.
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.
Just finished watching this. Also, coincidentally, I just recently watched Dredd for the first time and really enjoyed it.
So here is my short and sweet review:
Awesomeness after Anderson uses her mind games to find out Peachtree is the distrubution center for all slo mo excellent montage of Anderson and Dredd taking MaMa's guys out (IIRC thats not the way it played out in the film/it was not a montage in the theatrical cut).
So around 17 minutes into the edit it says "The End" and i was like wtf?! Then forgot this is a Rogue Edit and there was a second part coming up.
With this edit Rogue-theX continues to display his skill for condensing full length features into short films while maintaining coherent narratives and avoiding plotholes.
Future project suggestion: A 7 minute Citizen Kane!