Dredd 3D

OK, first a disclaimer: I admit to a certain personal bias in favour of Dredd 3D. It was the first film to shoot at the Cape Town Film Studios, which in turn was the very first project to cross my desk when I joined the Cape Film Commission over a decade ago. It’s also the first African production to shoot in 3D. And it stars handsome Karl Urban, who I randomly bump into often enough for him to think I’m a bit of a stalker. In a futuristic, post-apocalyptic movie that largely shot in studio, I thoroughly enjoyed playing “spot-the-location” as the occasional scene hopped from the Apartheid era treasures of the Civic Center and Artscape Theater complex, and newer spaces such as Greenpoint Stadium and the CTICC – all visible icons in this city. And spot the Seffers in the cast too.

But otherwise, is it any good? Well, I suppose so. Sort of. It’s not Shakespeare or anything, in terms of lyric drama, and there’s an inordinate amount of blood and bullets. But I thought it worked well enough for what it set out to do. Olivia Thirlby was surprisingly good as the sidekick. The balletic Mr. Urban is somewhat betrayed by a clunky suit and the helmet over his face throughout. So no Oscars for this one, but worth taking out on dvd. Oh, and I really hate 3D – it just dulls everything.

Dredd

Still on a SethEffriken theme (will this joy know no abatement?) the new Judge Dredd film – with the understated if unimaginative working title Dredd – is currently shooting in Cape Town, starring the groovy Karl Urban (who so impressed in Red). Dredd is Africa’s first 3-D movie production and the first to use the Cape Town Film Studios, a precinct I was closely involved with whilst at the Cape Film Commission. But I digress…… Dredd is currently out and about, filming on location in the Mother City – and Live for Films has some pics.

This one is taken at the strikingly grotesque sixties Civic Centre. Check the African Hat. Anyway, LFF also includes a casting list from the film – check out the fairly specific racial requirements. How do you do that and avoid god-awful Hobbit-esque embarassment?

Red

Red stars Bruce Willis as a retired CIA spook – Retired Extremely Dangerous, geddit? – who’s trying to bland in (sic) to civilian life. The only thing that keeps him from killing himself from boredom and loneliness, basically, is his telephone relationship with his pension officer. So when his home is invaded by a black ops hit squad (SethEffriken hit squad, no less), he packs his guns and his fake passports (again, SethEffriken – what gives? I was beginning to sense a theme) and sets out to find out why. Or more precisely, why now? To do so he has to enlist the help of several other retired but bored old spy mates.

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