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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

In a post-apocalyptic metropolis the only law is dispensed by judges-cops with the power of judge, jury and executioner.

Author: ma-cortes
19 September 2012

Loud , spectacular and violent film set in a future world of urban chaos and based on the comic books by Carlos Ezquerra and John Wagner ; being well adapted by Alex Garland , also producer . The Planet Earth has changed into a virtually uninhabitable place . All of the Earth's population have crowded into the cities across the planet , now known as "Mega Cities¨ . In a standard comic book dystopian near-future , on its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One . It is a violent, futuristic city where a new Justice System came from the ashes , the police has the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, they were called "Judges" and dispense justice on the riot-torn streets and buildings of Mega City . The crimes in this "Mega city" became so violent and so powerful, that the regular justice system was powerless to contain, then it collapsed completely . A cop named Dredd (Karl Urban) teams with a trainee named Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture - a 200 storey vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival .

This slam-bang film packs noisy action , thrills , chills , suspense , high body count and lots of violence and gore . Some interesting plotting is partially lost in a sea of hard-edge violence , overripe acting , exaggerated explosions and exccessive shots . The picture is a crossover between ¨Die hard¨ by John McTiernan , ¨Doom¨ video game/film by Andrzej Bartkowiak and first version ¨Silvester Stallone's Judge Dredd¨ by Danny Cannon . The exciting screenplay throws in Femme cop , a likable policewoman well played by Olivia Thirlby as a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation . Karl Urban's iconic presence is good as a helmeted , emotionless future-cop who dispenses the square jaw-lines and a summary justice. Fizzing visuals , video game-like special effects and impressive production design showing a large megalopolis in ¨Blade Runner¨ style . Atmospheric original music by Paul Leonard-Morgan , composed by means of synthesizer . Colorful , though sometimes dark cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle . The precocious technical mastery displayed by Peter Travis (Vantage Point , Omagh , End game) is extraordinary and he delivers narrative fluidity . Rating : 6,5 . Acceptable action film and it will appeal to action fans .

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Dredd is tough and unflinching.

Author: Robb C. from Philippines
21 May 2017

The future America is an irradiated waste land. In this violent world, police have the authority to act as judge, jury, and executioner. Dredd, a well-known judge, teams up with a trainee to take down a gang that deals with the smuggling of narcotics, "Slo-Mo".

Dredd is best with its violence. It's brutal, unflinching, and occasionally badass. There is a lot of it, but not exceedingly gratuitous because it truly is the nature of story. The stunts are done decently as well. All of these are complimented by the performances, which in any way aren't outstanding, but enough to be extremely entertaining. Karl Urban is intimidating with a hard-assed, business commercial voice to play someone like Judge Dredd, and Olivia Thirlby has strong spirit and willpower to play Dredd's rookie, Anderson. Lena Headey, the antagonist, is very menacing and thrilling, though it would've been better to see more layers to her character than just the film exhibiting her in a tonally black format, killing people just for sport.

The thing with this film, in spite of the well-done violence, is that it feels lazy with its world. It takes place mostly in the compound where they're trapped in, but the futuristic world they live in doesn't feel fully realized. There are explanations here and there, but there's no continuity and connection. They're all loose threads; it takes place in a futuristic America, it's post apocalyptic, it's cyberpunk, but these threads aren't really tied to one another to evoke a great sci-fi setting. The buildings do look great, accompanied by a techno soundtrack (think Refn's Drive) and gorgeous visuals, but for a film with an interesting world, it doesn't fully explore the potentials of its bleak future.

Dredd is tough, chaotic, and really brutal. The violence is handled well, the gun shooting and close combats designed and performed with expertise. The visuals are great, the city shots and "Slo-Mo" sequences gorgeously looking as well as the electronic score, but for a science fiction thriller movie, the undeveloped futuristic world was quite disappointing to see. Nevertheless, it's still worth a look in spite of the setting and the lukewarm antagonist.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Bloody, gun-blazing dystopian actioner is nothing extraordinary, but it is wildly entertaining

Author: Screen_Blitz from United States
5 May 2017

In a world dominated by comic-book entries based on Marvel Comics and the DC Universe, this action offers a take on a perhaps lesser known comic-book series, and that is the 'Judge Dredd'. Marking the second adaptation after the first critically-panned endeavor with Sylvestor Stallone in the title role, this film boasts Karl Urban as the titular costume crusader facing off the bad guys in a violent, blood-gushing showdown slapped with a fresh visual flair and adrenaline-fueled action scenes that rarely disappoint. By no means is this film a game- changer, nor does master with any compelling ideas revolving around the dystopian themes. While it excels in the visual department, the characterization perhaps could use more than an ounce of improvement. But for those who pursuing a basic popcorn flick with little more to root for than the lead character seeking justice in a crime-ridden wasteland, this one certainly delivers. Directed by Pete Travis, this film is set in the near-future where the crime has risen an all-time high and the law enforcement is now permitted as "judge, jury, and executioner". Costume-suited Judge Dredd (played by Karl Urban) and his naive trainee with psychic abilities Cassandra Anderson (played by Olivia Thirlby) are assigned on a mission inside a high-rise building where vicious drug dealer Ma-Ma (played by Lena Headly) is running a drug trafficking ring for a mind-altering substance known as 'Slo-Mo'.

It is action-packed, it is visually stunning, and it meets just about everything in the criteria for a solid action thrill ride. As it is based on a series of comic books and follows a man seeking for justice against the gang of law-breaking minions, it does fall in the category of a superhero flick. Unlike most superheroes, Judge Dredd is the your average-guy who holds back from violent action when capturing his enemies. As the story is set in a dystopian society, he along his trainee exercise their authority to execute their enemies in a brutal fashion. That is where the action comes in. This movie sets the character on a long stretch of action sequences that spew more than enough blood and gore set stone to its R-rating. With heads torn apart about bullets and bodies dismembered in a gruesome fashion, this scenes have more than a fair capacity to leave the sensitive moviegoers sick to their stomach. Nonetheless, these scenes are the primary source of excitement to handed here. If there is anything plagues these sequences, it would most certainly the overuse slow-motion CGI effects that paint the action more often than not. And if the visual style feels somewhat reminiscent (particularly in the mind-altering sequences), that is because the action is shot by Anthony Dod Mantle who complete the cinematography for Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire'. As for the performance department, Karl Urban is fine in the role, but his performance is greatly limited to stoic dialogue with facial expressions are mostly obscured by his helmet that only shows his mouth and lower chin. Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headly are decent as well, the severe underdevelopment of the latter's villainous characters leads to a rather disappointing villain that falls short of memorability.

Dredd is a bloody, brutal, yet visually captivating action thrill ride that captures just enough thrills and energy to sustain a spectacular, if not mind-blowing actioner. The film does shows some flaws in terms of its script and overuse slow-motion, it nonetheless delivers enough energy and spectacle to please the action junkies on more than one level. As a result, it is wildly entertaining.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Gritty '18' certificate action

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
25 February 2017

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Set in a future where most of North America is a radioactive wasteland eight hundred million people are crammed into the vast Mega City One. Here justice is dispensed by the Judges who pass sentence on the spot. Judge Dredd is a veteran who has been ordered to evaluate rookie judge Anderson; she just failed her exams but Dredd's superior wants to give her a chance as she is a telepath. When they are called to a triple death in one of the city's two hundred story tower blocks they think it will be routine… it is anything but. The dead men had made the mistake of crossing Madeline Madrigal, AKA Ma-Ma, the drug lord responsible for the supply of Slo-mo, a new drug. The dead men had taken the drug so Dredd and Anderson investigate the nearest drug den; here they arrest a man named Kay. Anderson is almost certain that he was the killer so they arrest him to take back for interrogation. He knows far too much about Ma-Ma's operation so she seals the building and orders her killers to eliminate the two judges. Unable to get out Dredd and Anderson are forced to take Ma-Ma's forces head on.

Anybody who watched the Sylvester Stallone film 'Judge Dredd' may think they know what to expect; they'd be wrong. This is an altogether grittier story; the action is more intense and a lot more brutal and there definitely isn't a 'comedy' sidekick. If one must compare it to another film I'd say it was most like a slightly toned down version of 'The Raid' than any other film I've seen. The setting is suitably grimy and once the building is put in lock down there is a decent sense of claustrophobia. Karl Urban does a great job in the title role; he brings an intensity to the character without showing any obvious emotion. He is ably supported by Olivia Thirlby who impresses as rookie Judge Anderson; a character who develops nicely as she undergoes the intense ordeal in the tower block. Lena Headey also impresses as the villainous Ma-Ma; an unpleasant character who, for the most part, doesn't tip over to become a pantomime villain. There is lots of impressive action from start to finish as well as a real sense of danger… while I didn't doubt for one second that Dredd would survive I was less certain about Anderson. Overall I'd definitely recommend this to anybody looking for solid '18' certificate action.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A reasonable adaptation of a comic book.

Author: Darren Carr from Ilford, Essex, England.
23 February 2017

I came to this movie without the unfortunate influence of having seen the Sylvester Stallone attempt at bring Judge Dredd to the big screen which from all accounts would prevent me watching anything associated with Dredd.

The film set in a post apocalyptic world with skyscrapers that house thousands of people is obviously dark especially with it's storyline of a drug supplier attempting to take over one of these skyscrapers. However, I was extremely impressed with the film maker's attempt to bring a large amount of colour to the screen, the film benefits from this and it gives the feel of a world enhanced by narcotics. The use of slow motion is also very good, showing how the drug, Slo- Mo, affects the user, which is especially effective in two assassination scenes.

Karl Urban plays Dredd well, with not too much dialogue and very few one liners but the relationship between Dredd and Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) is very predictable right up to the final scenes which detract from the overall movie. Lena Headey is enjoyable as Ma-Ma however the character can be a little schizophrenic, showing extreme violence in many scenes but leaving a strand open for her downfall by being lenient toward her IT geek. These inadequacies in the storyline are the main problem I have with this movie.

Dredd is a reasonable adaptation of a comic book, the colour and cinematography make it easy to watch. However, the problems with the plot mean that the movie could be much better. The 95 minute running time ensures it is a fast action packed film and I would recommend it for fans of comic book adaptations.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Just Brilliant

Author: Colin Davies from United Kingdom
14 November 2016

I have been a fan of 2000AD since I was 6. The imagery, the ideas, all laid out on the page ready to take me to far off futures and planets.

When Dredd first came to the big screen I was disappointed. Not by the look of it, they nailed to vista. No, it was the overall character and feel. They seem to miss the point by a long way. Judge Dredd is not a hero, he is a Judge.

Dredd on the other hand, for me, is dam near perfection. Karl Urban plays it so right that it's like he reached into my head and asked my mind what the characters should be like. Yes there are changes to the look, but I actually liked them. I thought the git of Mega City 1 was spot on, and the vastness of the Mega Blocks was great.

The photography, they sound track, the simple and small story in a huge puss filled city. The in jokes in the back ground, not making to much of the meta, just letting us find it. The high speed camera work for the Slow-Mo effect, the 3D. All of it is just wonderful.

I want more of this.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

High Octane Adrenaline action movie

Author: captainandy14-389-939291 from New Delhi, India
1 August 2016

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Small spoilers: Its seldom that a remake surpasses its predecessor but that's exactly what happened here. I hear that the movie's theme was actually taken from a Thai action movie however the story holds ground as much ground an action movie would or can hold. I feel bad that the movie did not do too well commercially , it should have considering it was far better than the original Silverster Stallone version . The inclusion of the psychic gave it a nice twist in my opinion . There are some parts in the story which the psychic gave reason to think. The action sequences were very well choreographed , specially the slo-mo ones . The light and colour saturation looked very nice. Karl Urban had that I don't care if I live or die attitude pretty well placed and Lena Headey proved again that she can play the negative roles really well. If you are a fan of action movies this one is a definite watch.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Fails to Stand Out as Anything New,

Author: Dillon Harris from Ireland
4 June 2016

Dredd is a decent movie with a reasonably well developed storyline and a talented cast. The action sequences are certainly an amazing spectacle, and the performances shine, particularly Karl Urban, who steals the show as Judge Dredd, completely bringing this well known comic book character to life. However, as far as action films go, it is nothing original, the twists and turns throughout are all very predictable, it never blew me away. The cinematography is terrific and succeeds at delivering a dark, gritty tone, but that is not enough to hide the lack of good storytelling, the plot simply moves from one objective to the other, without ever making any real impact. Great cast and stellar action, albeit lacking in depth, Dredd is worth the watch if you are looking for a mindless action, just do not go out of your way to see it.

The lawman must fight countless vicious thugs after becoming trapped in a huge building.

Best Performance: Karl Urban

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Dredd deserved more

Author: tankace from athens
11 March 2016

This movie is to put in simple words brutal and beautiful at the same time. Carl Urban owned the role to the point that for a while thought that he was the real judge ,not an actor playing him. Unlike the 1995 movie ,which is one of the worst of its kind, it portraits the environment perfectly,which grounded in realism and the director did not hold back any graphic seen. The real reasons it flopped, was the studio had no idea who to promote this creation and the bad memories from the Stallone's flick. Dredd deserve for good reason its cult status, it has gain the past four years (this review was written in 2016) and every macho man or a person who generally loves action films should watch this movie.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

One of the best comic-book-based films this side of the millennium

Author: InaneSwine from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
20 February 2016

Dredd failed at the box office for two reasons: the studio's forcing most cinemas to show it almost exclusively in 3D; and its adult age rating, which cut out a wide section of the audience it was aimed at. Fortunately, as with most box office tallies, the figures are not a reflection of its quality, as it is quite possibly one of the best comic-book-based films this side of the millennium. As opposed to a blah, watered-down, squeaky clean 12A certificate product, Dredd is a bracing, brutal, dark and disturbing action thriller.

We are shown a vision of the future that is a frightening parallel to our world, where the poverty-stricken and least-educated are forced into an existence besieged by drugs and violence. While that's clearly the point that Garland's screenplay attempts to make, the darkness and nihilism of Dredd's world is so brilliantly realised on camera that one often forgets that we're looking at another world. Karl Urban is a menacing hulk; Olivia Thirlby unpretentiously confronts Dredd's blind upholding of barbaric laws; Lena Headey's performance makes for an uncomfortable watch, as her maniacal character embodies the lonely, scarred and depressed psychopaths of our world; and Domhnall Gleeson is underrated as the damaged, sympathetic victim.

As an action movie, Dredd successfully imitates the riotously fun aspects of 18-rated films from the late 80s and 90s. However, what they lack in character, story and brains, Dredd fully makes up for.

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