Written February 27, 2015
It was a year full of summer comic book movies. And there were some action movies out there. But unlike films like Total Recall or Resident Evil: Retribution, Dredd delivers on the action and violence. This is how a "shoot em up" movie should be.
The 3D is optional depending on how into the idea of 3D movies you have. This was by far the best use of 3D in an action movie all summer. There are NO cheesy 3D effects (aiming something "pointy" at the audience).
Karl Urban gives the character justice on screen. This movie feels more like a prequel or tester film to see if fans will like it. And if they do, then a couple sequels could happen.
Written December 21, 2014
Being a fan of the 2000AD series, DREDD made me happy, & I want to see this movie again, really soon! Karl Urban & Olivia Thirlby did awesome jobs as Dredd, & Rookie Judge Anderson. I don't want to describe too much here because you really need to "see" their performances. Their adversary is the drug kingpin, MA-MA, ptayed by Lena Headey.I would've liked to see a bit more of her backstory, but there was enough to give her the reason for being the film's main Bad Guy".The Special FX were top notch, with nothing ridiculous. The 3D aspect was used mostly to give a sense of "expansive depth" while still showing the cramped living areas of a "Block". Sure, there were some slow motion scenes/fights, mostly to show the effects of the Slo-Mo drug, but they were well done. DREDD will be the "District 9" of 2012. Another awesome movie with lots of word of mouth, but not enough viewers. I hope that I'm wrong with this prediction, & that it gets the viewership it so deserves!
Written September 23, 2012
Unlike the original attempt at bringing Judge Dredd to the screen this film stays closer to the source material. Great action scenes with just enough character development to bring it above other ultraviolent fare. The violence is very abundant and bloody but it serves the story being told and the background of the character. The story itself doesn't try to be much more than what it is: a day in the life of Judge Dredd. It stays simple but that's not to say it is stupid or dumbed down. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. The 3D was great as well. I thought it might end up being gimmicky being an action movie or just bad considering the dark scenes but it really did add to the movie. If you like action movies and aren't skiddish at blood then you should like this.
Written September 29, 2012
Worth every penny. Not sure how any action fan or comic fan could pass this movie up. It has everything you want in a movie. They pull no punches in this one. You gotta see it.
Written September 22, 2012
I was unprepared for how gory it was. Violence is once thing, but tons of blood splatter and guts, gets a little old (especially in 3D). Otherwise the movie was good and I enjoyed it. Definitely earned its R rating (please don't bring your kids to this one until you've seen it first).