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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.…
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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
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'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…
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.
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…
Holy fuck this really blew me away. At one point I even checked the time and said "Fuck yeah, there's still a whole hour left!".
Seriously, this film is all sorts of badass. Judge Dredd is so fucking cool he makes Stallone's version look like a pansy. HUGE props to the wonderful Karl Urban.
Oh, and thank you Alex Garland for writing a strong and unique female character (in Anderson) with no love interest who also kicks all kinds of ass.
I've wanted to see this for AGES and I'm so glad I did. The acting is great, the visuals are stunning, the sound is bassy and vibrant and the story is so simple yet so brilliant!
Wow. See this RIGHT FUCKING NOW. It's honestly one of the best action films of the past ten years. Such a crying shame that there might never be a sequel.
Hidden somewhere in a forgotten pile of neon splattered blood soaken cranium chunks is a tale of comraderie, respect and the balls it takes to uphold the Law. The best part about Dredd? It understands what makes it's source material work and has a villian that actually challenges Dredd. The climax is like a comic book style nod to the art house community. The Slo-Mo shots and score are vibrant and the equivalent of a post rock crescendo. Dredd is a piece of pulp art, this deserved our money, not the avengers.
It's judgement time!
Proof positive that grim and gritty doesn't have to mean drab and boring. There's room for colour even in your fascistic (though, in all fairness, this film does a solid job of tempering the fascistic elements within) cinematic fantasies.
I wish they'd done more with the Slow-Mo, though. If only this movie had done better; it deserves a sequel.
Here's the thing with Dredd, it was 90 minutes of pure awesomeness. Now I'll tell you, I've never read a Judge Dredd comic. I've got lots of 2000 A.D. comics but I've never read them. I've also never seen Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd. So I went into this knowing only that this film adaptation is loved by fans of the comics and people would love a sequel. Well I can say without a doubt that this was great. Many movies get sequels and don't deserve them but Dredd deserves a sequel. It will probably never get one because this did poorly at the box office and the only reason it did poorly was because of its rating. In the UK…
Smashing 2000AD adaptation. Alright, so a lot of the satire beyond the broad concept of Dredd is omitted from this slice of futuristic ultra-violence but I'd much prefer a stripped down whip-cracking thriller like this to the bloated efforts most comic properties get these days. It gets everything major right (notably keeping Dredd's face covered) and clips along nicely.
The action is fantastic in this, but I actually liked the screenplay even more. The story drew me in quickly, which I wasn't expecting. It was definitely worth watching & will get another viewing soon.
I had no interest at all in Dredd during its release in 2012, I hadn’t read the Comics or seen the Stallone version either, further to this it BOMBED in the box office reaching a tiny international taking of $35,626,525. Despite this the DVD and Blu-ray release soon was given rave reviews across the internet and its’s somewhat delayed success took off. This soon put Dredd on my ‘to watch’ list but it still took a while to see! Three years later I finally purchased the film in its glorious digibook release whilst on holiday in Berlin.
Dredd is a gritty powerhouse directed by Pete Travis and is based on the British comic series created by John Wagner and Carlos…
Finally, we can forget that piece of sh*t Stallone movie! This new take is an insanely violent and gory action flick that finally does the classic comic character some justice! Dredd wisely patterns itself after classics like Robocop, not only because of the level of violence, but because this is a very, very dark satire. Karl Urban carries the movie well and the straightforward story works to the film's advantage. Great performances all around, menacing villains, a tight script from Alex Garland (28 Days Later), plenty of style...and, yes, a ridiculous amount of blood soaked action. A great surprise that's up there for one of the best hardcore action flicks of the last decade.
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