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Stallone's Dredd - 20/9/2012 10:21:41 AM   


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'In retrospect, the bigger issue is that, at its base, this isn’t so much a 2000 AD adaptation as it is a Sylvester Stallone vehicle, one that specifically came at a downturn in his career. Following the disappointment of Rocky V, Stallone’s ‘90s got off to a rocky ( Rocky pun!) start with a one-two punch ( Rocky pun!) of Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Frightened by his audience’s reaction to more light-hearted comedy work, the still powerful actor returned to familiar ground with Cliffhanger, Demolition Man (his first science fiction project since Death Race 2000), and The Specialist, all of which made money and put him back in Hollywood’s good graces. Apparently spurred by success, Stallone made two films in 1995, Judge Dredd and Assassins. What’s amusing is that Assassins is largely interchangeable with The Specialist and Judge Dredd is largely interchangeable with Demolition Man. Both films ( Assassins in particular) went on to be box office disappointments, supposed proof that audiences didn’t really want more of the same. It is the fact that Judge Dredd sits in the shadow of Demolition Man (an arguably better film) that really plagues it in the long run. Sure, Stallone plays opposite sides of a futuristic dystopia/utopia in the two films, but Judge Dredd still feels like an unneeded semi-sequel, rather than a standalone product that cares at all about its source material.'

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