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'.
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 25, 2012
This year seems to be a great year for inpendent Sci-Fi films. Dredd 3D is no exception!
I absolutely loved this film. The art direction. The performances. The story. One of the strengths of this film is the simplicity. If you liked RoboCop or DieHard, you should like this.
Written October 05, 2012
Pretty good "re-boot"...the 3D is an important element in some of the scenes, so if you want the full effect, you should see it that way.
Good characters, pretty good dialogue with a few real "zinger" lines...
Some unusual special effects.
Glad I went.
I wouldn't take the kids...the violence is pretty graphic, and there's a lot of it.
Written September 27, 2012
The action sequences were just pure gratuitous violence almost to the point of unnecessary. There was hardly any story line at all. No back story. You don't understand why Dredd is legendary or why he's so dedicated. The rookie's story was at least a little better. I love action flicks but this one was just ok. Frankly, the original was way better. Just like Total Recall. The original was much better. If it weren't for the 3D, it wouldn't have been worth seeing at all,