By BOP Staff
August 9, 2012
Reagen Sulewski: I think my major trepidation about this film after seeing the trailer is that I don't know if I'm going to be watching one big film or six small ones. Especially considering that there's two or maybe three different visions here, I wonder how you can make this coherent, even without having read the book. I have a soft spot for grand noble failures, however, so even if it's a giant mess, it'll be worth watching I assume.
Kim Hollis: I’m pretty much the polar opposite of Edwin, because I think Cloud Atlas is the best book I’ve read in about a decade. I kind of hate that so much of the story is revealed both in his remarks about the trailer and in the preview itself, because I do believe that seeing the book unfold (and the way it unfolds) is an experience that cannot be duplicated. When I heard that David Mitchell’s book would be adapted to film by the Wachowskis, I was very dubious. Honestly, I didn’t think there was any director who would be able to successfully translate the novel to the big screen. But this trailer is epic. I’m encouraged. I still fear it won’t work, but I admire them for giving it a shot. Now, who’s up for Infinite Jest: The Movie?
Bruce Hall: I have to say that for a movie I wasn't really expecting much from any way, I'm at least intrigued. It doesn't look as cheap as I thought it would, the premise seems appropriate, Lena Headey is quite capable of playing formidable, and I'm not sure what I think of the helmet. I don't care what the fanboys say, you need a hell of an actor if you're gonna take him seriously with a can on his head the whole movie. Peter Weller did it, but he's a better actor than Karl Urban (although Karl's got the way more kick ass name). For better or worse, Dr. McCoy is your new Judge Dredd. The jury is out, but I'll give it a chance.
Now, I'm just trying to picture DeForest Kelley in the hat.
Felix Quinonez Jr. : Too much talking...not enough ass kicking! Just kidding but at first I thought I was watching the wrong trailer. It certainly wasn't the tone I was expecting but as soon as Dredd shows up things get back on track. I always thought Judge Dredd could be a great movie but I don't think the execution was quite right with the Stallone version. Although I personally like it (HE IS THE LAW) I can see why a lot of people hated it. Ooh, I just had an idea for my next Guilty Pleasures column. That being said, I think this looks better. Urban looks great in the role and the helmet doesn't bother me at all. The action looks to have been done very well and the special effects seem like they will be cool. I like the girl in the sidekick role way better than Rob Schneider so I'll check it out.