Out in cinemas this week: Did you hate the movie Judge Dredd? Of course you did. Well, this time, they've done it right.
This new British 3D adaptation of the 2000 AD title, thankfully unrelated to the 1995 Stallone misadaptation, is from Pete Travis (Endgame) and Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and hews much closer to the story and spirit of the original comic—even earning the kudos of creator John Wagner.
The story: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Starring: Karl Urban (Judge Dredd), Rachel Wood (Control Operator 1), Andile Mngadi (Passenger), Porteus Xandau Steenkamp (Driver), Jason Cope (Zwirner), Emma Breschi (Hostage), Olivia Thirlby (Anderson), Rakie Ayola (Chief Judge), Lena Headey (Ma-Ma), Tamer Burjaq (Ma-Ma Bodyguard), Warrick Grier (Caleb), Wood Harris (Kay).
Directed by: Pete Travis.
Another zero-budget, skeleton-crew comedy seeking to skewer Hollywood conventions of heroism, Antihero sports a few interesting ideas and some actors game for exploring them.
The story: Pork Rind is a busboy with sticky fingers and a belly full of cheap beer. When he realizes a psychic power he never knew he had, he and best friend, Weezie, embark on an all-too-easy burglary spree. Due in part to this new-found power, Pork Rind and Weezie keep finding themselves in the position of accidental heroes. When their thieving ways finally catch up with them, the opportunity arises to test their mettle, and prove that even the least-expecting slacker can rise to the occasion to become a true Antihero. Antihero is equal parts slacker-comedy and heartfelt adventure.
Starring: Brian Gartland (Pork Rind), Joe Carlson (Weezie), Nicole Carter (Lainee), Ryan Asher (Jhoanna), Nick Aliff (D.J.), Dallas Tolentino (Todd), Bob Talcott (Fields), Michael Sater (Goon 1), Malik Akbar (Marketguy), Charles Raintree (Homeowner).
Directed by: Joseph Weindl.