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TIFF 2012 Day 1

Opening night at TIFF, but not a lot of craziness on the streets this year.  Just Red Threat (who adamantly does not want to be confused with The Flash).  Here he is being interviewed after defending the city from evil.

Dredd 3D

Judge Dredd returns to the big screen in a more post-apocalyptic, less car-chasey kind of way.  Drug kingpin MaMa has trapped the judges in an apartment block because they have a key witness in custody.  More violent (umm, *really* violent, and in slow motion and in 3D) and closer to the comic book than the first film, but no points for originality (think REC, The Horde, or The Raid).  The cinematography was beautiful, but the 3D was crap (not sure which technology was used to display it, but the glasses were terrible and tended to fringe everywhere except the center of view).  A few scenes were too dark for the camera and were a bit noisy; this would be ok for a 2D film, but in 3D the noise just kind of hung in mid-air like snow that refuses to fall (hey guys, this is a $40m film, you can afford to add a few fill lights).  Karl Urban knocks it out of the park with his performance, and despite being a bit derivative, this film is a lot of fun. 8/10

Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby




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