TL;DR – A film that combines great action, compelling characters, visual storytelling, and creative worldbuilding making it a must watch
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
There are some films out there that just don’t find their audience the first
time around, yet over the years they build upon and continue to find their
voice as a slow burn. These are films that are often referred to as Cult
Classics. Today I want to take a look at a film that is both of these things.
It is an action film, both beautiful and violent, it is a look at society, and
also is the home for some of the best one-liners in cinema.
So to set the scene, in the far future the world has been ravaged by war with
people crowding into mega cities where violence and murder are commonplace.
Long gone are democratic governance and due process, replaced with the Judges.
These are judge, jury, and indeed sometimes (a lot of the time) executioners.
They have the power to hand out justice as they see fit, only answering to
their other judges. One such Judge is Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) who is tasked by
the Chief Judge (Rakie Ayola) to give a new recruit Anderson (Olivia Thirlby)
an evaluation. She had marginally failed the final test but she is the best
psychic the Judges had ever seen so this is her sink or swim moment. They can
pick anything to respond to so they choose Peach Trees a mega block with 75,000
residents where ‘Ma Ma’ (Lena Headey) had just killed three men and made an
example of them. Judges rarely come to Peach Trees, but when they capture one
of her key lieutenants Kay (Wood Harris) alive and take him away to be
interrogated, Ma-Ma locks down the entire block forcing the Judges to fight
their way out.
TL;DR – Today we countdown my Top 10 films of all time; from towns where there are a lot of ‘accidents’, to all forms of Sci-Fi, to do you know the man with six fingers on his right hand, and everything in between.
Recently I watched the CineFix crew countdown their Top 10 films, and it had me thinking what are mine? Now it was at this point where I of course naturally spiralled as how can you reduce thousands of films that you have seen into only a Top 10. Just before I threw my hands up in resignation and chucked in the towel I happened to catch an episode of Movies with Mikey on how he determined the best sequel. With this in mind I wondered if there was a set of criteria that I could use to categorise the films into a list that I would be happy with, and after some work, I came up with the following criteria that work for me.
Films that are beautifully constructed
Films that mean something to me
Films that are always re-watchable
Films that have added to my love of the craft of cinema
With this criterion in mind I went through all the likely candidates and with a bit of a struggle I think I have been able to come to a final list, well at least until I change my mind next week, which is always a chance.
TL;DR – This is a film that fails at almost everything it sets out to do bar maybe one or two decent action sequences
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
I really enjoy action films, I appreciate the skill that has gone into the fight choreography, the explosions, and gunfights, brawls, all of it. While films that are about something are better for incorporating those themes, I don’t think it is necessarily barrier to enjoy an action film if the craft is there. This week I had not been feeling the best so I thought I would go see Mile 22 as I kind of pick me up, and well the fact I was the only one in the cinema should have been the first clue that this was not going to go as planned.
TL;DR – The legacy of Blade Runner is not overstated, even if parts of the film have not aged well.
I continue my look into the gems of films from the past that I missed the first time round by today looking at the most topical of films Blade Runner. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (see review), Blade Runner is one of those films that came out before I was born, so I missed it the first time around, and due to its content it didn’t get a lot replay on TV as I was growing up. Now while I haven’t seen the film before today, I have read the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? As well as this, Blade Runner has appeared in so many countdown and best of lists, and multiple parodies and had homages have been made of it over the years. So even though I have never see the film, I have seen so many separate bits that I have probably seen a decent chunk of the film over the years. So with all of this I was a bit apprehensive before sitting down and watching it, would it live up to the huge cultural impact it has had, well could anything really, let’s find out. Now before we go on just a moment of clarification, the version I saw was The Final Cut, which as far as I can tell is the cut that Ridley Scott prefers, so there is likely to be differences between this and the theatrical release.