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The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One - a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed. During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson, a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma and her ruthless clan.
There is no option to watch it in 2D it seems, which is a good thing. Unlike many movies it was filmed with 3D in mind and that aspect alone made the film 4* for me. Probably the best example of 3D I've seen in a long time.
I should point out that this review is written by a 'girl'!
But that doesn't mean i'm going to be negative, I actually really enjoyed it. It was blood thirsty and had maybe a slightly weak plot (but then I'm not a fan on the comics so maybe that's not fair) but it was very entertaining and filmed amzingly well. Likeable heroine, nasty female villain, what more could you want!
Justice Is Served
Fantastic comic book adaption, this truly blows the 1995 movie out of the water, Karl Urban works the chin of Dredd like he was born to do it.
The use of 3D is subtle enough to have impact, the Slo-Mo scenes and fight sequences use it fantastically. It truly deserves its 18 rating.
If you are a Dredd Comic fan, or a fan of the more adult comic stories, ie Watchmen, V for Vendetta, This ones for you
Breath taking action
This film was a brilliant one, the action was constant and every scene was a stunning visual display of explosions and gore.
This is a must see for any action film fans.
Another cracking post-apocalyptic film!
You cannot even compare the original film adaptation from 1995 to this new one, the storyline is far superior and it is accompanied by an improved script. Furthermore in my opinion Karl Urban far better portrays the character of Judge Dredd and with vastly improved special effects on its side this is an excellent example of just what us Brits can produce!
It is set in a post-apocalyptic America, and the film follows a powerful organisation 'The Hall of Justice' and its members which are known as 'Judges', these elite law enforcers possess the combined powers of judge, jury and executioner and are a force to be reckoned with inside the densely populated and over crowded Mega-City-One. Karl Urban (best known for his role as Vaako in Riddick) plays the notorious Judge Dredd who is the main protagonist within the movie. He convincingly portrays Judge Dredd and even without the ability to utilise facial expressions because Judge Dredd wears a helmet throughout the film, he still manages to convey his emotions perfectly. The antagonist Ma-Ma played by Lena Headey makes a terrific adversary for Judge Dredd right up until the final scenes of the film!
For a film with a relatively low budget of $45 million when compared to blockbuster movies such as Avengers which had a total budget of $220 million, the special effects and CGI are still of the highest quality and you could easily mistake the film for having a far larger budget, a good example of where this is apparent is within the aerial shots of the Mega-Cities.
With the money at his disposal the director Pete Travis has really achieved an engaging and well produced film. I would reccomend this movie to absolutely any one, more of these lesser known comic book storys need to be adapted into movies if this is what is created!
Slo Mo the new drug that is ravaging the streets of Megacity 1, which makes its users perceive time at 1% of its normal speed makes for some spectacular 3D action as Dredd and a young rookie find themselves trapped in a 200 story high rise. outnumbered and outgunned this doesnt stop Dredd from dispensing law and order one bullet at a time. Karl Urban, the actor who did a fantastic job playing Bones in the 2009 Star Trek movie does a bang on job as Judge Dredd which stays true to the original comics in all their violent glory. If you liked the original Robocop movie you will love Dredd 3DPosted by liam bauckham at 20:51, 17 Sep 2012
Karl Urban IS Dredd
Forget any thoughts about the previous film of Judge Dredd, this one is a whole lot better on so many levels. First up its a proper adult adaptation fully deserving of its 18 certificate. Just as it should be, Dredd doesn't take his helmet off once. Its fast faced, bloodthirsty and some genuinely good performances from the actors. Not quite a five star as the plot is a little basic - but what it lacks in plot it makes up for action and dynamics.
Agree with the above, you dont notice it has a small budget at all, the slomo sequences are done perfectly and the aerial shots of the devasted cityscapes of the future do look perfect.
Karl Urban isn't wearing hockey pads...
Movie adaptations of comic books like DREDD are going to be more difficult to find in a decade full of superhero movies!
This film is by no means perfect, but go in with low expectations and you may find yourself having a very good time!
In many ways this is the alternate Expendables movie this month, if you like action and prefer bad boys to transformers. Then you should find this apocalyptic future based film pretty entertaining.
The film had a small budget , which you don't notice. This for me is what earns it an extra star. I hope we can see more of this world in the potential sequels the director has planned.