Written October 04, 2012
Having had the opportunity to watch both Judge Dredd (1995) and DREDD 3D (2012) recently. It is clear that the 1995 film had a much more intriguing plot than its 2012 counterpart. But with the small budget of an inflated $45 million, as opposed to the 1995's less inflated and greater budget of $90 million, DREDD 3D focused itself into an excellent self-contained action flick that delivers a satisfying and simple ending with no complicated story or plot.
Unlike the 1995 film, DREDD 3D does not engage its characters or the audience in the problems and draw-backs of the police state nor does it pose any internal conflicts upon its protagonists; allowing the explosive high octane action film to be just that, an explosive high octane action film. By setting philosophy, politics, and character flaws aside, DREDD 3D does not have much to offer the intellectual observer, but offers the audience, as a whole, a look into the daily life of a duty driven law-enforcement agent in Mega-City One
Written September 29, 2012
Extremely, unflinchingly, unapologetically violent. It's a movie about a post-apocalyptic wasteland teetering on the brink of anarchy. What were you expecting, a ballet?
I really, really enjoyed this movie. If you've ever read 2000AD and are familiar with this character and this timeline, then I think you'll buy into this story and will enjoy what Karl Urban brings to the personification of the good Judge.
I thought both Urban and Olivia Thirlby gave fine performances. If you were worried that this wasn't going to be gritty enough -- don't be.
Written September 23, 2012
I had mixed feelings about the movie Judge Dredd, first because the title Judge was left off. The idea of a combo-platter judge/jury executioner who uses authorized lawlessness is different. The acting was mediocre, because the actors seemed burnt out. The lines were, on a scale of 1 to 10, 5.5 and that's being nice. What I took with me was judge was left out of the title, as if those who decided on just Dredd were running away from a fact of life.
The law wins, but does damage on the clan, and lets the hacker go who putt the cop-judges in danger. Without R& D, I bet this doesn't match up as close to as it could with the comic book character of old. The women judges have their helmets off, and at least one neutral party is shot. To title it Dredd, it didn't focus on who's underneath that helmet, just the fact that he read convictions and shot people. Lots of blood that didn't look real, and 3D scenes that were of minimal impact.
Surely, Follywood can do better!!!!
Written September 26, 2012
Forget about that awful Sly Stallone movie (well, I guess we are all trying to). This Dredd movie has just enough comic-book feel with surprisingly good gore. Pace of the movie is just right. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby make a great team. Nothing bad to say about this movie.
Written September 22, 2012
I liked Dredd a great deal. This is going way back, but if you're a fan of Brandon Lee in "The Crow" you'll like this movie. Some violent scenes are a bit over the top - but the film never ventures outside of good comic book splatter. The visual effects were astoundingly good - they managed to infuse Mega-City One with a touch of grungy reality that really set the film apart from the slick CG of similar genre. I left the theater thinking I had just seen something special and look forward to seeing it again once more before it leaves the cinema. I say GO! It's worth your time and money!