Written September 27, 2012
I don't know anything about comics. I do know Dredd has everything an action movie should have without any of the artsy angst that gets in the way for many shoot-em-up flicks, and yet the story elements are solid and relevant for people who care about backstory. I definitely recommend this for action movie fans.
Written September 28, 2012
Like I said, this movie succeeds in what in sets out to do. It's not meant to be some complicated thriller that aims to make you think a lot. It's a straight up, in your face action movie loaded with tons of action and violence/explosions/imaginative ways to destroy the bad guys.
The plot is fairly simple, the beginning of the movie has a couple dragging moments but doesn't detract from the movie because these moments are basically background and explaining the plot.
Anyway, Karl Urban is superb as Dredd and his psychic sidekick Judge humanizes and even adds to the story some.
The villain is one of the most evil people I've seen in a movie for quite some time. Yes, there are some extremely gorey scenes but this movie is fueled by the good guys killing the bad guys and it's rated R (so that should say something).
Bottom line: This movie deserves more credit than the critics give it and I loved it. A bit of a cross between Robocop and Diehard with a uniqueness of it's own.
Written January 18, 2017
First and foremost, I'm starting by saying I'm not some comic book Judge Dredd fanboy. I do like comic books, but I'm not familiar enough with the series to speak intelligently about how the movie nailed/failed capturing Dredd in live action. The little I do know about the comics shows that they at least paid respect to it, by never showing Dredd's face or even really taking off his helmet. What I can say is that it's better than the Sylvester Stallone version from the 90's.
Megacity 1 is portrayed a city that's been ravaged by the conditions of the world around and it definitely shows. The beginning of the movie sets up that the city is a hell hole and that crime runs rampant. The opening scene really kind of shows this as well. The entire movie takes place over a day or two really and I think this was a smart choice by the writers and directors which just shows how much **** happens in this city in one day.
All in all. If you like gunplay and can stand gore. SEE IT!
Written September 29, 2012
Much better than that steaming piece of crap from '95. Go to this movie expecting one thing, gore and endless violence. All the punks complaining about the lack of a plot deserve a swift kick in the junk. Go watch some girlie romance movie.
Written September 24, 2012
The whole movie is the same thing over and over it seems that every scene is essentially the same. Also some of the scenes are down right disturbing. Slow motion scenes are poorly timed. I am usually intruiged by the futuristic society movies but this doesnt have much to do with society it is all about one group and destroying them.