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 October 23, 2014
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 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
This was a fun Friday night date movie with my action-movie loving husband. The movie opened and quickly established the world that we were about to enter- an America where law-enforcement is also the judge and executioner if warranted. Happily, our lead character, Judge Dredd, was really cute. He's a manly man, obviously well muscled under his tightly fitting armor uniform, with a strong chin and mouth which are the only parts of his face that we can ever see. It's amazing how emotive that half face can be. I'm not usually a big fan of car chases or that type of thing, but the motorcycle pursuit of "bad guys "was exciting. Weird! The special effects were super gross, and the moviemakers had an obsession with gooshy boneless bags of goo that were former people. Not for the squeamish. I found this movie to be very entertaining, and I left the theater happy that I had spent the extra money for the 3-D.
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.