8 Overlooked Films from 2012 That Deserve a Second Look

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8 Overlooked Films from 2012

Not every film hits the mark. Hell, some films don’t even get the chance to take aim at the mark, either going straight to DVD or getting buried on some distributor’s shelf, only to finally sneak their way onto the shelves of video stores around the country (they still have those, right?) years later. Or dumped onto VOD without fanfare, as is the fashion nowadays. Just to be clear: I’m not saying these movies are great or destined for cult classic status, but in my very humble opinion, they are very watchable, and definitely deserve a second look if you skipped them the first time around for whatever reason.

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  • Marcellus Shane Jackson

    I enjoyed RZA’s movie, and someone commented that hip-hop doesn’t belong in a martial arts movie… lol, yeah okay. As long as they keep it in martial arts anime.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      THANK YOU!!!! One of my highlights growing up was finding someone took awesome martial arts fights and set them to hip-hop. It was sick, Though I still say he should’ve put a call out to Michael Jai White!!!

  • Bona

    Either The Raid copied from Dredd or the other way round

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Or in a world of very limited original ideas they just ended up being similar. The trapped in a building while outnumbered thing didn’t start with The Raid.

  • Jim Spradlin

    JUST finished watching “The Man With The Iron Fists”.

    Worst sound track ever, and the sound levels were off so badly it gave us all a headache.
    Not a bad movie really, as far as old school kung fu flicks go, but the guy that ran the sound mixer needs his hands cut off at the elbow and fed to the dogs. I mean, come on, crashing symbols and drums over dialogue? Inappropriate “Dramatic” music when nothing at all was happening? Give me a break.

  • turboflea

    In regards to The Man With the Iron Fist, I would love to see a spin off (movie or graphic novel even) for Jack Knife. lol

  • Cody McGowan

    I keep hearing that Dredd was somehow more faithful to the comic than the Stalone version. I don’t know where this comes from, because it is absolutely not anywhere close to the comic. The only thing that relates is Urban’s performance, but otherwise it’s like no one else involved had ever even heard of Judge Dredd before making that piece of crap.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Except, you know the creator who thought it was very good.

      • Cody McGowan

        You’re right, my bad. In fact, both of Judge Dredd’s creators were involved in the production. Of course they would say it’s good, they stood to gain by it. The adaptation was still garbage.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Meh. it was true to the comics in the fact that it was violent, and set in the future, and had Dredd. The city may not have looked like the comics but that’s kind of understandable with budget constraints and time period. You have to think about sci-fi, when it’s the near future you have to adjust the visuals when we’re actually close to that time. For example 1984, was written in 1949. In the 1984 film adaption (I’m speaking of the year, not the title) the world was a dystopian world, that wasn’t far off from what it looked like in real life. The book described it very well but there were some differences, as it wasn’t as futuristic. Dredd was created in the 70’s and the vision of the future was much different than it is now. Even in films like “”Edge of Tomrrow,” “Total Recall( Remake),” “Robocop (Remake and Original),” “Minority Report” and games like “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” the near future doesn’t have the super sci-fi feel of “Megacity 1″ in the comics. You’d have to watch “Fifth Element” to get that, and that’s not supposed to be near future, that’s like a couple centuries, even from now, and that movie was made in ’97. Even with the technology advancing at the rate it is, having that kind of look to the city when it’s only supposed to be only 50-75 years at the most away, they wanted to make the advancements believable. I;ve always said the original Dredd had the right look, but got the character, and everything else wrong.

          • Cody McGowan

            “I;ve always said the original Dredd had the right look, but got the character, and everything else wrong.”
            This is what I always say about that version, too. IMO you put Urban in the Stallone setting (and stuff Schneider into a locker somewhere) and you are halfway to a decent movie.

            The 2012 version of the movie did away with everything that was bizarre and fun about the comics, instead making a very bleak and largely boring movie. That’s why I think they missed the mark.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            On mixing the two films together to get the perfect representation of the comics material, I agree 100%. That and getting rid of Shneider). I do agree the missed the over the top tone of the film, but who’s to say we couldn’t still get that in a sequel (which Urban and crew are really working towards). I think introducing the more crazy aspects would be good for a sequel with a more experienced Judge Anderson and Dredd.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/xhekkhar Xhekkhar MAGHADE

    ya why not!

  • Christian Guth

    Dredd was good. Still, I kinda regarded it as a tech proof-of-concept (3D slo-mo, no pun intended). Still, you have to either be a die hard Dredd fan, or be immunized against gore, to actually get to the end of it…

  • Bob

    The Raid: Redemption
    Still some of the best fight scenes choreographed.

  • parallax44

    Have you ever read a book?

  • CaptSensible

    So tired of the obligatory Mel Gibson disclaimers. Everything you say about Mel you could say about Alec Baldwin but since Baldwin is a vocal liberal instead of a vocal conservative he gets a pass. Alright, we get it. You hate Mel Gibson and that proves you’re not anti-semitic. Good for you. Here’s a biscuit.