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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.
FUCK. PROPER REVIEW SOON.
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.…
D TO THE R TO THE E DOUBLE D
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
D TO THE R TO THE E DOUBLE D
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 still feel like I'm not as in love with this flick as everyone else seems to be, but I'm willing to bump up my rating on this rewatch for two reasons:
1) The fact that there is no attempt to humanize Judge Dredd or even really develop him as a character is fucking awesome.
2) This movie is crazy fun. Unlike all the superhero movies that are three hours of boring punctuated with ten minutes of action here and there, Dredd rarely lets up.
Definitely something I could throw on every couple of months and never get tired of it.
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…
Wow just wow. Karl Urban is Dredd hands down. The style of this film the action the story all of it is what Dredd is meant to be. The 90s Judge Dredd with Stallone is not Judge Dredd. I can't praise this movie enough. Its so brilliantly done. I want a sequel. I hope they do make one.
Who knew that by only just having the plot set in a building (Block) could be so awesome.
So I will just finish off by saying "I am the Law"
Such a good watch, staying true to the cheeky one-liners of the comic book Judge Dredd whilst taking the tone to dark drug-related places. Fantastic performances and lots of badassery/gore keep this consistently entertaining.
One of the best comic adaptations ever made. For once we finally have a comic character driven film in which the lead never removes his helmet. Karl Urban is a tremendous sport for doing this in the name of righteousness. Or spite! The film is excellently shot, extremely violent and the acting is over 200% better than the original Stallone film(yes, I was going to say 9000, but saved you the -_- face). The story is very simple and that is a great thing. A 200 floor drug bust that requires lots and lots of bullets. No other plot points are needed here. It's everything you'd ever want this to be and so much more. And believe me, I was just as surprised to admit that upon my first viewing.
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Just flat-out great, with a tight running time to boot.
Bom mas com final previsível...
I think I was more surprised by this one than any movie in the last 12 months.
I never saw the original Judge Dredd, but I gather that it was a hyperviolent storyless action romp in the style of Robocop. Assuming that assessment is accurate, that exact statement also applies to the 2012 version. But Dredd has two extra things going for it: 1. It goes full bore for a mid-90's b-movie flavor and nails it so well that it had to have been intentional. 2. I had the pleasure of watching it after already having seen and loved The Raid, and since this is basically that with the kicking and knives swapped out for guns and explosives, it scored…
Similarity to The Raid is unavoidable. Yet, Dredd still delivers tension through the comical visions and gory vigilante story. Though, understanding how the drugs work is frustrating, understanding how Karl Urban's chin becomes so frightening is much more easier. Dredd is more video game than a movie, after all.
Can't believe they made this without Rob Schnieder. Other than that it is pretty bloody good and I assume (not having read the comic) much more like the comic in terms of style and content.
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