Written September 24, 2012
This version of Judge Dredd is a major improvement over the Stallone attempt. Good story line that does not focus on re-inventing the characters. You never see Urban's face, which is consistent with the comics. I like Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson as well. I hope this is the start of a new franchise.
Written September 24, 2012
I had not seen any of the other Dredds so I wasn't sure what to expect but I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it!
Written September 30, 2012
I went into Dredd 3D expecting only a slight improvement to the Stallone debacle. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, for many reasons.
For one, the 3D while possibly done in post, and gimmicky, actually enhanced the scenes where it was obvious. It was mostly utilized during "slo-mo" trips, as the drug gives everything a slow motion feel, and an acid-like weirdness.
The look of everything was so gritty and realistic, including Mega City One itself. It didn't look like a cartoon, it looked like a real, populated city that stretched further than the mind could comprehend. With all the physical activity that took place in the film, I DO endorse not having the giant shoulder eagle on Dredd's costume, and instead going with the early comic concept sketches.
Karl Urban's total lack of ego really puts this film in my must see list. He was Joseph Dredd, street judge, on a screen, not Karl Urban in a costume with some catch phrases.
Written September 29, 2012
OK, first off, Sylvester Stallone's 1995 'Dredd' wasn't great. Not bad, but other than the immortal words 'Double-Whammy' wasn't particularly memorable. But it did have the good sense to not take itself too seriously.
Not so this Dredd. It is 95 minutes of grim, unrelieved bloodshed. It starts off with three gang members being skinned alive (yep, that kind of movie) and tossed off a 200-storey building by Lena Headey's vicious drug-lord MaMa (and she has a blast with the role). Enter Dredd and his psychic rookie played by Olivia Thirlby. They go in to make their arrests, then have to kill their way out of a nuke-proof public housing project of the future.
Speaking of Thirlby... she's the best reason to watch 'Dredd'. I saw it in 3D, but she is the only multi-dimensional character in the entire movie. While a step back from her work in 'Juno', I can't wait to see her in something better than this waste of her talents. I hope Hollywood is paying attention...
Written September 23, 2012
DREDD 3D' is a great movie for those who like taut gritty, claustrophobic crime films; like 1976's 'Assault on Precinct 13'.
Coming in at a crisp 95 minutes, 'Dredd' is a film custom-made for audiences tired of having to consider the bad-guys' side of things. Bad guys are BAD, the Judges are hard-assed dispensers of JUSTICE, and everyone else knows enough to get the hell out of their way.
There are issues: I really liked Karl Urban in the role of Judge Dredd; but, for a movie based in a future dystopia, it felt a little too grounded..and missed some of the sci-fi weirdness, black humor/satire and gadgetry from the British comic on which it is based.
Its also anything but a 'date' movie. Make no mistake: 'Dredd 3D' has the highest body count I've seen in years, and it is visceral as hell. That aside, its a bloody good, uber-violent and utterly satisfying 'cops vs. gangs' film, with the best 3D I've seen, since 'Avatar'.