Ant Man: Paul Rudd…The Superhero

Hello everybody! For this week’s new movie show, we have Marvel’s newest entry in the MCU…Ant Man.



DIRECTED: Peyton Reed

STARRING: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

GENRE: Superhero

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

Screen-Shot-2015-04-13-at-9.13.08-AMArmed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but maintain his full sized strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

So how is Marvel’s latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Actually not half bad. I definitely was wary of Paul Rudd as a superhero, since I don’t particularly like him as an actor. To my surprise though his cocky/ definitely not heroic attitude and performance actually fit the character quite nicely. His comedic chops also add a nice layer of comedy that Ant Man desperately needed.Ant-Man-7

Alright, here comes my biggest pet peeve. As an amateur filmmaker, I understand that each and every filmmaker has his own individual style. Since the original main driving force behind Ant Man, Edgar Wright, jumped ship during production, much of his style is still there. The new and final director,Peyton Reed, did the best he could. Unfortunately, I don’t think there styles matched very well and would have liked to see Edgar Wright’s finished version of Ant Man. Otherwise, it was a rather decent film. I haven’t been proud to say that about a Marvel film in quite a while.


  • Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Dark comedy aspect.
  • Hilarious characters.


  • Differing directorial styles.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10

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Dredd – Reloads Not Necessary


DIRECTOR: Pete Travis

STARRING:  Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, Lena Headey

GENRE: Science Fiction, Action

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, South Africa

Directed by Pete Travis, Dredd is a film about mankind’s apocalyptic future where humanity is forced to inhabit Mega Cities where hundreds of millions of people are crammed together and expected to live together in peace and harmony. And you know what? It works! The End. HA! You wish! Instead, the outcome is closer to super-gluing 20 Detroits together and giving everyone automatic weapons. And drugs, don’t forget the drugs. When at least a thousand people are murdered on a daily basis in a city the size of Mega City One( which is where the movie takes place by the way), who you gonna call to save your ass? The Judges, of course! Judges are not only judges, but also the jury and in almost every case the executioner. And who is the most kickass of all the judges in the Hall of Justice? Well, after almost 70% of the movie has gone by, you get a hint that the most kickass judge is Judge Dredd(Karl Urban)!

The story begins after Dredd literally incinerates a couple of gun runners and is summoned back to HQ where he is introduced to Cassandra Anderson(Olivia Thirlby), a not-so-promising cadet with abso-fucking-lutely awesome psychic powers. As the Chief Judge explains, Anderson is a mutant because of the radiation outside the walls of the city. Unlike other mutants, she is actually capable of blending into everyday life because she doesn’t have blue skin or laser eyes. Dredd must take Anderson into the field and assess her capabilities as a Judge in a trial-by-fire mission run. They respond to a triple homicide that turns out to be tied to the druggies from the start of the film and begin their “investigation” a.k.a. shooting people until someone starts talking. When the drug lord known as Ma-Ma(Lena Headey) realizes the Judges have taken a key ‘employee’ into custody, she locks down the entire building and declares Judge season open. What ensues is a 45 minute shootout between the two Judges and the crims full of explosives, awesome Judge weapons, good Judges vs. dirty Judges, Ma-Ma leveling an entire floor with miniguns, and someone’s arm gets blown off because they try to use the Judge’s Enforcer II firearms. Eventually Ma-Ma realizes she can’t win against Dredd and Anderson, so she slaps a transmitter to her arm that will trigger a shitload of explosives to level the whole complex if she is killed. So how does Dredd handle this dilemma? He loads her up with her own slow motion drug and chucks her off the side of the building, cause how can a signal get through 200 stories of concrete, right? Well, it works cause Ma-Ma goes sploosh all over the ground floor and Anderson gets her passing grade. Yay! Why yay? Well, ask yourself; when’s the last time you had to take down a drug cartel to earn a passing grade?

I personally like this story more than the original with Sylvester Stallone because in my opinion Karl Urban better portrays what Dredd is: an officer of the law given the liberty to deal out the death sentence in a city riddled with crime up the wazoo. In this film, Dredd is not a genetically perfect officer with an evil twin brother. He’s a down to earth guy who happens to shoot the living shit out of anyone who breaks the law. The. End.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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