The ever-reliable Editing Room have thrown up an abridged script for one of my 2012 faves, Dredd. Some of you may wonder how such almost literal cannon fodder can rub shoulders with the likes of Never Let Me Go and This Must Be The Place.
From Chris W‘s abridged script:
INT. HALL OF JUDGENESS
JUDGE KARL meets his plucky new sidekick OLIVIA THIRLBY.
So you failed the Judge SAT test, but you’ve got Kuato powers so we’re giving you one more chance to prove yourself.
(using mind powers)
I sense that you’re very... You’re kind of... You’re sort of...
Yeah? Go on?
Uh, nevermind. Forget it.
But you were about to reveal something interesting and profound about me that might give my character the slightest shred of depth.
(looks at watch)
Wow, you haven’t shot anyone for a full two minutes.
Damn, you’re right. Characterization can go fuck itself. Let’s go kill something.
I loved Dredd because it didn’t try to be anything more than it is, whether it’s a balls-out actioner, a more-faithful-than-hoped-for adaptation of the original comic character, a nicely self-contained dystopian sci-fi flick, or a combination of any/all of the above.