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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'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 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've never seen the original Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone so this was all new to me. I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic cinema though so I was excited to watch it.
It's basically a non-stop action ride from the bottom floor of a giant apartment block all the way to the top. Karl Urban replaces Stallone as the lead and does a better job than Stallone ever could, even if it does seem like he's imitating Christian Bale's Batman voice at times. Lena Headey is great as the evil Ma-Ma, despite her not being physically imposing she makes up for it with her personality, and while I considered the ending to be an anti-climax at first I soon realised it…
This was such an ugly film.
Ugly costumes and ugly production design and ugly batman voice and ugly chapped lips and ugly stylized violence...ugh.
Just everything is so ugly.
A really kickass, goddamn good action film. The colors are rich and the blood is plentiful. It doesn't fuck around with any bullshit romance or irrelevant sideplots like a lot of modern action films do. Instead, it introduces our leads: the veteran Dredd and the green Anderson. It gives them a mission: investigate three brutal murders in a housing complex. It gives them a target: the vicious drug lord Ma-Ma. And the only thing separating the judges from her, is 100 floors of the baddest motherfuckers in Mega-City one. And from there it plays out like a bloody ballet.
Satisfying pulp action backed by some really neat slo-mo scenes that don't really amplify the action. I hate to play the style-over-substance card but the movie feigns characterization several times in place of very violent action scenes, which doesn't surprise me very much. A fun watch but it's pretty much just a really good action movie, and not much else.
Dredd is an elephant in the room as far as new genre cinema is concerned. The film that mainstream crowds are reluctant to recognize but its cult following is loud and proud and growing by the year. With a budget of $50 million, we remember prosperity through limitation. Constraint becomes an asset. It's one location, but it feels enormous. It's a small story but tunnel vision precision then blooms. A handful of characters but everyone gets their moment. The bullets are many but every impact is felt. The blood is (mostly) digital but it spills like poetry. It's sci-fi, it's action, it's western, it's one-liners. It's Carpenter, it's Verhoeven, it's the throwback to the old days while also planting its speed-ramping flag and marking its own era with pride. And at 90 minutes, it's one lean piece of jerky.
More often than you'd think you hear people defend films like transformers or the expendables with the argument of them being simple action films and you shouldn't ask anything more from them. These are the people who should really start watching films like Dredd.
Dredd knows what it is and does what it has to do really well. It respects it's source material and is filled with fun and beautiful action scenes. It keeps you engaged and is simply just awesome.
A really fun ride!!
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