Written December 03, 2016
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 July 24, 2016
I went to go see this movie as an "entertaining bad-film", but it genuinely shocked me at how good it was. Great cinematics, decent enough plot, amazing visuals. There are only two scenes where I laughed at the gimmicky lines which are nods to the original film. Go see it!
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 October 27, 2016
But not great. Okay, it's really good. At best I'd give it a 7.5, maybe an 8/10. There wasn't that much that really stood out to me. The 3d made one or two scenes stand out, but ultimately, I think you're better off seeing the 2d version, if it's available.
Written February 28, 2017
The cinematography was great...I certainly hope we aren't headed for such an existence. Also, I wouldn't bring any young kids to see this one.
...still not sure why Everything is in 3D!