There’s not much new in Dredd 3D, besides the beautiful slow motion 3D scenes, and even that isn’t all that new. There has been a lot of movies that have one or just a few people that go up against ridiculous odds. Here’s a few of my favorites.
Serbuan maut (original title)The Raid: Redemption is really the martial arts version of Dredd 3D, or, more accurately, Dredd 3D is the American version of Raid. The Raid came out first and was one of the best action movies of 2012. It was filmed in the Jakarta slums in Indonesia, but mainly takes place in one building. Just like in Dredd 3D, the building is entirely controlled by one gang and the main crime boss tells everyone to kill the Swat team who has infiltrated their building. He goes even further by offering free rent for the rest of their life for anyone who kills one of the Swat members. This is definitely not for the week of heart, the action scenes are almost entirely knife related, LOTS of blood and killing.
Best line ever: “I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you. “
If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it, the second one is coming out soon. Bottom line, one guy goes up against an entire criminal underground to get his daughter back from the illegal sex industry...and pretty much kills everyone.
Léon (original title)Here’s a modern classic, 1994, with Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman. Portman plays a little girl who’s entire family is killed but later protected by hitman played by Reno. Reno, teaches Portman how to do wetwork (hitman stuff) and they learn to to care for each other. Oldman plays probably his creepiest bad guy ever. Here’s some trivia for you. In the original script, the twelve year girl actually convinces the MUCH older hit man to have sex with her. Now, I know that the age of consent is different in other countries, but I’m still thinking it’s illegal in France, and if it’s not, it should be. Even still, it’s creepy and we’re all glad that scene was never shot even the French version.
Bruce Willis inadvertently takes on the Irish and Italian mafia...and destroys the entire town. Nice going Bruce. Christopher Walkin plays a good villain in this one, it’s not my favorite in this list, but it holds up as a decent action flick, one man versus many. A very similar movie is Lucky Number Sleven, btw.
It’s the original one man vs. many in a building action movie. You gotta give it to McClain, he just can’t lose. If you haven’t seen this, you have no excuse. Here’s a little trivia for you. This is Alan Rickman’s FIRST movie, at 46. Ya gotta give it to Rickman for going after what he loves, because now, he has played some of the most famous villains in movie cinema history. Gruber in Die Hard, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood (Kevin Costner one), and Snape in Harry Potter. (some of you are like, oh yeah, Snape... I know him...)
Woman: “What are you going to do?”Soldier: “I’m going to kill them all, sir.” This isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s pretty darn good. Kurt Russell stars as a man who has been conditioned and brainwashed to be the perfect soldier, to be cold and heartless and only follow orders. However, a new kind of soldier is created through genetic engineering, making Russell's character obsolete...so, they kill him and ship him off to a trash dump world. He, of course, wakes up and tries to make a new life for himself, living amongst the local inhabitants. But, then, of course, the governemtn discover he is still alive and have to track him down and try to kill him...again. So, he takes them all on.
Back when Mel Gibson wasn’t crazy, or, had his crazy hidden away so that we didn’t know about it, he starred in some pretty darned good movies. In this one he plays a common criminal who was betrayed and killed, or so they thought. He just wants his 3,000 bucks back, but everyone keeps messing up the number and saying he wants more. He leaves a trail of bodies as he goes up the crime later to find someone to give him his money back. Fun stuff.
The title is sort of like “Snakes on a Plane”, in that, well, you have thirteen assassins...and they kill some people. Well, that’s putting it lightly, they kill a LOT of people. And they weren’t always assassins, they were Samurai, who vow for life to fight for and defend their leader. But when their leader continues to go nuts and kill and torture innocent people, the thirteen Samurai cut off their hair and become assassins, vowing to kill the man who has destroyed their land. Only, they have to kill dozens, if not hundreds, of Samurai to do so.
The story of Simo Hayha isn’t a movie (at least not yet) but it damn well should be. If you’ve never heard of him, read this Cracked.com article describing what he did, but I’ll give you a sum up. He lived in Finland and when the Soviet Union invaded in 1939, he decided he didn’t like that. So, hiding in the forests of Poland and armed with his rifle and SMG, he is officially credited to killing 705 Soviet soldiers...BY HIMSELF. Later a Soviet sniper finally shot him in the head, they found his body, took it back to their base...and woke up a week later.
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