Judgement is coming
In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called Judges, who combine the duties of judge, jury and executioner to deliver a brutal brand of swift justice. But even the top-ranking Judge, Dredd, discovers that taking down Ma-Ma isn’t as easy as it seems in this explosive adaptation of the hugely popular comic series.
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OKAY I HAVE FINISHED RUNNING AROUND THE HOUSE SCREAMING. DREDD IS FUCKING AWESOME, FORGET STALLONE FORGET EVERYTHING AND JUST GO SEE THIS IMMEDIATELY.
Where to even start? The 3D? I was kinda bummed that there was no 2D option for this but the 3D was bearable and in places LOOKED FUCKING COOL. The slo-mo, the soundtrack, JESUS CHRIST EVERYTHING. EVERYYTHING WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. How the fuck they managed to get a dingy film to look so lush and rich with colour is BEYOND ME. The direction is impeccable. There's a bit where some flames are reflected in Dredd's helmet and it was CRAZY COOL and there were little bits like that all through the film.…
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PROTECTING THE FIRST MEGACITY
IT'S SIMILAR IN SET UP TO THE RAID
BUT COMPARATIVELY, DREDD'S GOT THE HIGHER GRADE
HE'S BADASS AND HAS A CHARACTER ARC
THE PREMISE IS SIMPLE, WHICH IS REALLY SMART
IT SHOWS OFF WHAT YOU CAME TO SEE
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Most bad-ass action film I've seen since...well...The Raid. Similarities will be drawn between the two films for sure, but they remain their own entities in spite of the similar concepts. Where The Raid is more or less an excuse to have fight scene after fight scene (not complaining), Dredd feels like an actual story with its own characters and its own world. Alex Garland's script is tight, and full of great moments. The look of the movie is unique and wonderful. Karl Urban was magnificent in the eponymous role. I loved how the whole story felt more or less like just another day for Dredd. Widespread conflict and global stakes were not necessary. The rookie was very well integrated into the story and provided a much different type of sidekick role than usual for this genre.
In closing, this is the best comic book film of 2012.
I'll just put this out there.
When is a comic book adaptation successful? Two things. It needs to capture the essence of the hero(s) and it needs to emulate the feel, tone and style of the comic.
This is one of the best comic book adaptations ever made.
One of the first comic books I fervently read were the 2000 AD anthologies. They were filled with exuberant science fiction stories and they produced a personal favourite, Judge Dredd. The grim, dystopian future, with a force of nearly invincible policemen, fighting colourful, over the top villains, appealed to my over-active imagination.
This film has no plot worthy of any mention and what there is is rather predictable. The entire universe we…
Judge Dredd is very much a product of his time - a fascistic Harry Callahan dispensing swift justice and dry one-liners in a time of right wing politics - so it is pleasing to see that such a faithful adaptation would also be a throwback to those action films of the 1980s. But he isn’t a character that easily translates to the screen - he is one-dimensional, he never waivers and is more of a machine than the character he inspired (RoboCop). The fact this film makes him work without humanising, or resorting to the removal of his iconic helmet, is testament to the writing and, most importantly, the performance by Karl Urban. He seems to understand the natural dry…
"I'am the law!"
I seen many comic book movies in the past five years, some outstanding, some good, some decent, some god awful, but. 'Dredd' stands in a unique category, very faithful to the comic source and entertaining as hell!
Karl Urban is such a bad-ass as Dredd, a bad-ass! the whole persona of the character was exactly what I picture in my head every time I read the comics.
The story is simply, but even simple stories if they are executed in an interesting manner and know exactly what they are aiming at, they end up being highly entertaining and a fun to watch.
'Dredd' when under the radar, a tour the force of violence, gore, action and awesome one liners, and in a year of PG-13 comic book films is refreshing to watch a film that is aim to an older audience.
Ultra-violent policeman of the future, with greenhorn in tow, battles ultra-violent gang of the future. I've never read the comics, but this film in all its dystopian glory surpasses the Stallone version.
Much darker and much better than the Stallone version.
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A really good action film.
Never read the comic. Never saw the Stallone film.
I'm happy I went in mostly blind.
Surprised to see on IMDB.com that there is no sequel planned yet with all of the critical praise its getting. The sequel will no doubt be more successful at the box office.
I particularly like the parts where it becomes an exceptionally gory experimental art film.
Probably one of the most beautiful sci-fi films I can remember watching in recent memory. It's a very minimalist with little world-building, but what it lacks here it makes up for in well-staged action and special effects. It's great to see a movie of this kind have the majority of its emotional burden carried by women. If nothing else see it because Cersei Lannister is a drug kingpin.
"Where's the rookie?"
"We got her here."
"Dead or alive?"
"Make her dead."
It's nuggets like this that made this extremely and incredibly watchable. But only just.
"Negotiation's over. Sentence is death."
Have to say that this film really holds up to a rewatch, I was impressed as much the second time as I was the first and will certainly watch this again in the future and would recommend everybody sees it multiple times.
Overall the story is nice and small it is kept fairly simple and there are no real surprising shocks that are cliches but you believe the characters. Watching thus the second time I did think that the Slo-Mo was going to be totally over used but there is about an hour where it is not used again and it feels right, you know how it is going to end and the effects for that are awesome. Overall the this is a brilliant representation of a dark character and you will have a lot of fun with it.
This was kind of fun but "The Raid" did it 100 times better.