I spent this afternoon working, updating my financial budgets. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time on these, yet somehow they never seem to be quite up to date or accurate enough for anyone. Numbers on a spreadsheet, there must be more to life than adding up endless numbers on a spreadsheet. It doesn’t achieve or change anything. A chief executive of a small, community regeneration charity in London once told me that “regeneration was invented to keep the liberal middle-classes happy”. I think she meant projects that are set up to make a difference to people don’t really achieve much, but keep a lot of the latter group in jobs that make them feel good about what they do. This film offers a similar view of the world. Its main character Andreas even spends his days in an office adding up numbers on a computer screen. Oh God, I think I’ve become him! I need to go find a window and throw myself out of it; (which someone in this film appears to do as well.)
2006 – Certificate: 15 – Norway
Rating Details: Scenes of strong gore
If you don’t like films with neat, tidy endings, or that make it clear what they’re about, then you’ll probably hate this one. I viewed it as a statement on the mundane, superficial and uncaring lifestyles that many of us live these days, but maybe that’s just me. As someone whose way of life is tissue-paper thin and pretty meaningless, I could relate to it. A mindfuck of a movie, this is a nicely made black comedy that’s well worth a watch. The snogging scene at the beginning is really quite disturbing and sets the tone for the rest of the movie. The best bit of escape tunnelling I’ve seen since “The Great Escape” too; and a much better plan than trying to play with subway trains. The more I’ve thought about it since I watched it a few days ago, the better it seems to become. It represents 20% of my entire Norwegian film collection as well.
Recommended for people who enjoy thinking about the films they watch.
No cats, decapitations or chainsaws. However, at one point a finger does get amputated by an office guillotine machine.
Top badass moment? Andreas digging a tunnel to try to escape from his mundane life. Despite being frequently surrounded by the mundane myself, it’s something I’ve personally never considered doing. Trying to escape from the mundane is badass.
Where I work there’re people called Regional Finance and System Managers. They generally manage few staff and control few resources or budgets. Yet despite this, they are feared! Unbending, emotionless and utterly without compassion, they demand absolute and total compliance from the rest of us, least we complete a spreadsheet incorrectly, or enter a field of data wrongly into The Management Information System. Generally mild-mannered and calm, (which makes them sound a bit like Clark Kent but don’t let that fool you), they are in fact imbibed with arcane, secret and awesome powers. Up until a couple of years ago, when we had a bit of a reshuffle at work and the Regional Finance and System Manager I dealt with was physically transferred into the entity known as the IT Department, (at least that what I think happened to him, as no one’s seen him in person since), I viewed him as rather like Judge Dredd. All that “I Am The Law” stuff and everything. Well I don’t think he ever actually said that, but it’s the way you say things that matters, not what you actually say. What he typically did was write an e-mail to ask if I could provide him with a few bits of information. In my head this became a vision of him riding into my office on his massive Lawmaster bike, (after blowing the door and part of the wall away with his Lawgiver sidearm, using an appropriate high-explosive round to do so), into the chaotic fire-fight that passes for my finance management and generally non-existent record keeping. I felt ‘judged’ on many occasions. “At the end of the day, when you’re all alone in the dark, the only thing that counts, is this, the MIS.”
1995 – Certificate: 15 – USA
I think this movie gets a bit of a bad deal from people. So it doesn’t stick to the mythology of the Judge Dredd comics very well. More Judge Stallone than Judge Dredd, it’s still a lot of fun in a brainless sort of way. I enjoy watching Sylvester Stallone, he always seems to put so much effort into everything. For an action film, it’s actually the slower parts that feel the best put together. All those explosions and ‘car chases’, they just seem so mundane. I wonder what the new version, due out later this year, will be like? Oh, but what were they thinking of when they released the DVD I watched? A non anamorphic transfer? If I wanted to watch something as if I was watching it thorough a letter box, I’d go and put the TV behind a real letterbox and stand in the street outside and watch it through that. I didn’t spend all that money on my massive TV just to have a little slice of picture shoved into the middle of it. Twentieth Century Fox, back of the class for you.
No cats, no decapitations and no chainsaws.
Recommend for law-abiding citizens everywhere, who need a hero to look out for them.
Top badass moment? People parking thoughtlessly is a real bugbear of mind. Too lazy, stupid or selfish to park sensibly and walk a few yards to the shop, they ‘abandon’ their cars all over the pavements, on junctions, in disabled parking bays, or generally in the most piss-taking places they can find. As far as I’m concerned, seeing how Judge Dredd deals with an anti-social motorist (he blows up his car, completely destroying it) is totally badass. The sooner they arm Traffic Wardens with large calibre weaponry like that, the better.