I’ve recently seen the film Dredd 3D at the cinema and I have to admit I quite liked it for the fact that it’s an 18 certificated film so you don’t expect to get the run of the mill family type of muted down blood shed/violence but actually you get quite the opposite albeit too far fetched to be true
But after the enjoyment of seeing blood and guts spill on the silver screen I realised that it’s quite similar to another film I’ve seen a few months back which goes by the name of The Raid: Redemption. Know the one?
If you have seen it then you know that its an action film on steroids set in a tower block where the hero of the story has to navigate through ample of trecherous floors ravaged by psychopathic violent thugs and fight for his life in order to reach the head honcho and take him out. Well, Dredd 3D is more or less the same… but the hero wears a 3/4 mask on his face.
Now I don’t know if Alex Garland the writer of Dredd was familiar with the story of Raid redemption but it seems to me that sometimes the universe works in mysterious ways.
Allow me to explain: Over the last couple of decades every now and again we’ve seen Hollywood release a double whammy of films which are alike but still different. Examples like Armageddon and Deep Impact come to mind, as well as Mission to Mars and Red Planet; Dantes Peak and Volcano; the animations of A Bugs Life and Ants and even independent films like Capote and Infamous. All these films where either released on the same summer or within the close proximity of one another.
Again, I don’t know. Stories abound about scripts which get shopped around from studio to studio and perhaps every now and again the studios decide to pick on a script that’s relatively similar to another studio since they don’t want to be left behind if the other studio has a hit on their hands.
But at the same time could there be a bigger force at play here?
Bear with me on this one since I know it might sound a bit loopy to some of you.
Napoleon Hill, in his book Think and Grow rich, said that every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought.
He went on to say that our brain is similar to a radio broadcasting station capable of picking up vibrations of thought which are being released by other brains.
Now if Mr Hill is even partially right in what he’s saying and mind you he came up with this theory over 80 year ago then that means that every idea/thought we ever had or are having, someone else (could be plural) in the world is thinking that same thought as well! Which means that if we ever think of a damn good idea for a film and keep thinking about it over a certain period of time sooner or later someone else will think that same thought or have already thought of it and it will just be the case of who will be the first to put it into effect.
I ask you, have you ever thought of something whether it was an idea, a story, a plan and sooner or later you found out that that same idea you had has been manifested into a cover of a book or even on the big screen? How gutting is that?
That is why it’s not enough to not want to share your ideas with others from the fear of someone stealing it but just the thought of it is enough to broadcast that message out into the ether and have someone else pick up the signal and Bam! They go off and do something about it.
So the lesson for today is if you have a great idea don’t sit on your laurels and wait for something to happen, go out there and make it happen or else the universe will bite back and shove it in your face. Unless, of course, you work for the big wigs in Hollywood and you can afford to sue the hell out of whoever it is that stole your idea. Or just make a similar movie