This Rotten Week: Predicting Dredd, Trouble With the Curve And More Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2012-09-16 18:52:40discussion comments
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After a slow post-summer week, the fall starts kicking into high gear. The coming weeks have a ton of movies hitting the big screen. This time we’ve got baseball, cops, horrors and Dredd.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Dredd
As a dude who’s fairly tuned into organized labor unions, I would love to see the PBA meetings for the Hall of Justice crew of Judges in Mega-City One. A couple of beers, maybe a cheese platter and a bunch of ruthless Judges discussing health benefit packages and pay raises while suppressing the burning desire to shoot everything and everyone in sight. Imagine when it comes contract negotiation time? I have a feeling they hammer out the details fairly quickly.

And the president of this local? Judge Joseph Dredd of course. He of the menacing visor, permanent five o’clock shadow, and Lawgiver gun that strikes fear into the heart of, well, everyone. Joe Dredd is just the kind of guy you want making the big decisions and dealing with the higher ups.

Director Pete Travis (Endgame-71%, Vantage Point-35%) has taken a character, already screwed up once on the big screen (Sly Stallone’s 1995 Judge Dredd-15%) and done something this writer honestly didn’t think possible. Turn a jokey one-liner killing machine comic book character into an actual good flick that critics love. Through more than fifty reviews this flick is sitting at a cool 90%. Yup, you read that correctly. Frankly, I’m blown away by the number. Critics seem to agree Dredd is a shoot-em-up, violent, old-school action film with just enough character depth to take it past many other movies in the genre.

Action films, especially ones like this, don’t typically crush the Tomatometer which makes Dredd’s early success with critics an exciting prospect. As the next seventy or so reviews come in we’ll see less Comic Con folks ringing in which will make the score dip a bit. But no doubt we’ll be seeing more of old Joe and the rest of his Judge’s 1043 Local. The Rotten Watch for Dredd is 81%

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