I grew to love Karl Urban's grimace.
Never been into Dredd but this film sparked an interest. There is one perfect moment in this filmwhen Dredd emerges from the chaos caused by the miniguns to toss a henchman over the railing right in front of Ma Ma before silently returning to the smoke cloud. That is some badass shit right there.
Pretty enjoyable for this type of movie. 7 years 7 months ago
To date, the best Judge Dredd movie is probably still Robocop, but the recent Dredd comes damn close. It just doesn't have the crazy satire of the 2000 A.D. strips for me to make that call. However, Mega-City One is a believable environment, Karl Urban is unrecognizable behind the Judge Dredd persona (he's got the pout down cold, and never EVER takes off his helmet), and the use of the Slo-Mo drug further creates comic book panels as frozen moments in time that tie back to the famous strip. It's a very straightforward action plot, surprisingly claustrophobic for an action-sf effects picture, but that's somehow refreshing in this era of complicated thrillers and kitchen sink special effects movies. But it's smartly done. With a closed-off protagonist, they've made a rookie psi-Judge Anderson the audience identifier, and while the violence is very much Rated R, the Slo-Mo sequences that feature it give it a kind of morbid beauty that takes the edge off the gore. No plans (yet) for Dr. McCoy and the other girl from Juno to ride their bikes through Mega City One again, but I'd love to see some sequels, maybe a visit to the Cursed Earth or even Judge Death. 5 years 4 months ago
It did have a striking similarity to The Raid, but Dredd is a more complete, hyper stylish product.
Pleasantly surprised. 7 years 4 months ago