Written September 22, 2012
Judge Dredd (1995) didn't get it right, not even close. Dredd (2012) does, and does it well. The action was gritty and not in stupid slow motion, the blood was real and not crappy CG, Urban is Dredd moreso than Stallone's will ever be. It's a shame that most people are not seeing this movie because of the comparsions of the Raid; don't compare the two movies. Raid was released before Dredd, but it was made after Dredd was completed. Any similar ideas are literally coincidental.
Go see Dredd, 2D or 3D. 3D was great. This is a great movie in story, from the actors, and how it's shot. Please stop comparing it to the Raid, PLEASE! And please god, see this than seeing stupid films like House at the End of the Street. Critics saying HatES is a good movie aren't to be trusted.
See Dredd! "I'am the Law"
Written October 22, 2016
I'm trying something a bit different to the other reviewers out there: a pithy review + a doodle! I've got a few up so far, including one of the unfairly overlooked 'Dredd'. If you're interested hunt me down on: @SketchyReviews on twitter.
Thoughts/ruminations/random (ideally uncouth) comments, are welcome.
Written May 24, 2017
This is indeed a violent and bloody film. It's way over the top in graphic detailed killing scenes. However, I thought that the slow-motion scenes were excellent. The special effects were good (not great) and the acting was also only good, not great. The story line was very good and the film actually had a good plot. Because of the fact that the screenplay writer provided an excellent script,the director was able to follow it and do a fine job of direction in the film. If you are the least bit queasy then DO NOT go to this one, nor rent it when comes out on DVD. I gave it a so/so review because of excessive use of the F word and the over the top graphic killing sequences.
Written September 25, 2012
I was hoping for a sequel about thirty minutes into the movie. It was well done, and delivered exactly what it seemed to promise: A Judge Dredd movie that doesn't suck.
There wasn't a whole lot in the way of story, but sometimes a simple story is far more effective than a complicated one. This was one of those times.
Written September 23, 2012
OK, for those thinking of the Stallone version from 95, forget it. I actually liked it, yes I did, but this is far superior. Rather than going the campy way of the 95 version, this one remains true to the comic, in that Dredd never removes his helmet. EVER. Karl Urban is the unrelenting lawman, who, even though he never raises his voice, is menacing. Olivia Thirlby as Cassandra Anderson, his Psi-Cop trainee (she's a mutant with esper abilites, a gift from the leftover radiation that has reculted in this dystopic world). Leana Headley, who seems to be making a career out of playing evil women, is great as the brutal Ma-Ma, who runs a gang distributing Slo-Mo, a new narcotic. A really fun film that does have some really brutal violence to it, it conveys the comic very well while carrying the viewer along for the ride. Well worth seeing!