Legendary filmmaker Quentin Quail has arrived in Mega-City
One for a retrospective of his award winning Tri-D movies
and Judge Dredd is assigned as bodyguard to the reclusive,
self-obsessed star. But although Dredd's job is to knock out
a formidable assassin, after spending a few hours in guarding
Quail, Mega-City One's top lawman feels like pulling the trigger
first time I listened to The Big Shot! something struck
me as odd, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was
only on listening to it a second time that I realised that
there was no secondary story to help move the action along.
But, don't get me wrong, this didn't detract from what is
essentially a good story.
time round the script gives Toby Longworth more freedom to
play around with the character of Dredd and there are certainly
more lines which show Dredd in a better light. One of my complaints,
for years, has been that Dredd is not a likeable character,
yet for some reason he works as a hero. David Bishop's script
gives the stern lawman a more human angle and it works well.
are the usual great scenes with news reader Enigma Smith and
some very funny TV adverts, including one for an intergalactic
zoo which plays a role toward the end of the production.
ending is neatly wrapped up and paves the way for a much deserved
sequel (which will appear at the end of September in the form
of Get Karter.)
Big Shot! is
a straight forward story with a neat series of twists at its
conclusion. Entertaining stuff.
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