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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Movie Review: Dredd (2012)

Who has the right to be judge, jury and executioner? In September 2012 the answer was given to us... Dredd.

Dusting off an old title for a new take, director Pete Travis gives us a 95 minute action/sci-fi called Dredd.

The main cast is played by, Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, Olivia Thirlby as Cassandra Anderson, Lena Headey as Madeline Madrigal or "Ma-Ma" and Wood Harris as Kay.

In the future, law enforcement has taken a slight turn, if you will. Individuals known as Judges are the new one stop shop for crime prevention. On site of the crime and depending on said crime, you can be sentenced to cryo jail or on spot execution. Your rights are read, broken laws explained... judgement is then carried out. Since Judges are used to working alone Dredd should feel right at home, seeing he's locked in a
apartment complex with a drug lord and tons of criminals. If that wasn't a little stressful, throw in a rookie Judge on her first day. Yeah some days are just harder than the rest.
This is a lot different from the old Judge Dredd (1995), we watched before. It flows a little more true to life with the script, gritty if you will, or dirty. You won't be dodging jokes in this one, but hail after hail of gunfire. So yeah, violence, drug use and sexual content gets this one an R rating.

Killer scenes, not to be confused with scenes of people being killed. You know what, never mind cause there's a lot of both. Awesome cinematography through the whole movie. The parts where they slow down time gives your brain a chance to catch up before the movie throws it back in to high gear, with the help of really good special effects.

Another thing I liked about this flick was that it's viewer friendly. Whether you're a fan of Judge Dredd, be it the old movie or graphic novel, I know you will dig this flick. Any newcomers can still sit, enjoy and learn what a Judge is.

Judgement has been passed... 4 stars.


1 comment:

  1. An unexpected little gem that surprised many including myself. Karl Urban portrayed Dredd much more convincingly than Stallone; except for his voice but that doesn't matter. It's a really good B grade movie with good (not great) acting all around based on a simple plot. A mindless action movie for nights where the last thing you want is to think.

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