In the year 2139, the Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place called the Cursed Earth. All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet, now known as Mega-Cities. The crimes in these Mega-Cities became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely. However, a new justice system came from the ashes, there were three justice systems in one (police, jury and executioner), they were called Judges. In Mega-City One (formerly, New York City), there was a Judge, named Joseph Dredd, who was the toughest and most stringent Judge in history. One day, he was charged with murder, and was tried and sentenced to life in prison because of it. Written by
Prior to production, Danny Cannon proclaimed that this would be "the Ben-Hur (1959) of comic book movies", but unfortunately Sylvester Stallone had different plans, and Cannon's vision was unfortunately compromised. See more »
All the Supreme Council Judges wear shoulder rank devices. Chief Justice Griffin's (Jürgen Prochnow) are on backwards most of the time. A notable scene is in which the Janus files are unlocked; his shoulder devices flip flop depending on the angle. See more »
In the third millennium, the world changed. Climate, nations, all were in upheaval. The Earth transformed into a poisonous, scorched desert, known as "The Cursed Earth". Millions of people crowded into a few Megacities, where roving bands of street savages created violence the justice system could not control. Law, as we know it, collapsed. From the decay rose a new order, a society ruled by a new, elite force. A force with the power to dispense both justice and punishment. They ...
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Now the thing about this movie is everyone hates it except me.
The movie is about a law enforcer set in the future that gets falsely accused of murder and is sentenced to life imprisonment. He escapes and is on a mission to try and find the person who set him up.
Anyone that has read the comics hated this film due to the fact that is apparently so different to the comics. From what I have been told, Dredd never takes off his helmet and reveals his face. Not in this film. His helmet is taken off within 15 minutes of the movies start. I never read the comic so I don't know any other differences, but that is probably why I enjoyed it.
This film has a very 90s feel to it. It reminds me in a way to Demolition Man. They are both set in the future and are both really good action movies, although Demolition Man is better. I do love the action films from the 90s. They have a good over the top feel to them.
The acting is alright in it considering it is a cheesy action movie. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone as Dredd. He looks uncomfortable in this role some of the time, but then Stallone does not suit some roles. A young Diane Lane plays his partner. She does a pretty good job. I was very surprised to see a cameo from one of my favourite singers the legendary Ian Dury. He only had a very small part, but he was really good.
The effects and explosions were really good and well done. But that is what was expected from the action films of that era. The gun fights were completely over the top too in a good way. I also loved the giant robot in the film. It was one of my favourite characters.
If you like cheese, Sly Stallone, futuristic films and never read the Dredd comics then I can't see why you would hate this.