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!
Written October 09, 2015
...But for those that enjoy the gritty splatter comics from the 80's and 90's you MUST see this movie. The overall tone and visual style is awesome. The plot is honest and doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is. It's a fun movie for those enjoy things on the darker, grittier and more visceral side of the fence.
Written January 26, 2015
Movie is worth seeing, but you should know what to expect. It is an action shoot em up movie with very very cool special effects, I saw it in 2D but it is obvious it was filmed for 3d. Slow motion scenes are awesome.
Written July 07, 2015
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 March 01, 2015
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.