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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
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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…
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…
Rarely is saying "it feels like a video game" a compliment for a movie, but that's exactly what Dredd is and it fucking rocks. The whole movie oozes style, has intense over-the-top violence, a thumping soundtrack that goes perfectly with the dark and gritty world that Pete Travis has created and stars captain grumpy face himself, Karl Urban. On top of that it's smart and well paced.
It's a shame it didn't do well at the box office and will lead to more comic book movies being PG-13 instead of R because this is what an adult super hero movie should be. This is going to get a few re-watches out of me before I die.
Of course this is decent in many ways but I probably would have connected to it more if a) it looked less like a video game and b) Karl Urban hadn't spent the whole movie doing an impression of Murtaugh from Lethal Weapon. That's the sort of thing that stops me from taking your super serious comic book movie very seriously.
That said, as far as comic books being made into nihilistic action movies go, this is probably the best so far, so there's that I guess. Just ditch the Resident Evil-isms and the 90's-Hacker-Movie soundtrack and we're good.
That's about the extent of Karl Urban's range in Dredd. But it is glorious and fitting. The entire film is a trashy homage to 80s exploitation/action flicks, with really hard R.
This is a good action movie. Just does an honest job converting a well loved comic character into a movie. No big dumb origin story, just some quick exposition at the beginning which explains everything if you're not a total moron. It's focus is tight, it fully embraces the source material to the point that it eschews translation to a wider audience, and it's a well put together story. I'm surprised it wasn't more popular, but the obvious reason is that it's very myopic. It's set in an epic world, but it's not at all an epic.
This indie sci-fi blockbuster is cleverly paced to avoid being boring or overbearing.
It's really refreshing to see a recent film that adheres to the formula of the classic action movies of the 80's/90's. Pete Travis has managed to capture the essence of the time honoured action genre whilst cleverly incorporating the modern elements of today's box office mania. The homage to Eastwood's Dirty Harry (of whom the character is partly based on) was an unexpected bonus and I'm sure a real treat for hard-core fans. The scenes involving the 'slo-mo' drug are visually stunning, and it was nice to see a convincing female adversary. Overall very entertaining; think Robocop meets Die Hard.
On one hand, I admire Dredd for being so pure - this is a straight-up, unpretentious action flick with no delusions of being anything more, in and out in 90 minutes. It also takes a lot of cues from John Carpenter, and I cannot hate any action movie with such a clear Carpenter influence.
On the other hand, mega-ultra-violent films like this are rarely my thing, especially not with all the violence going on in the world right now. Movies like this one seem increasingly ugly and useless - sorry to be *that* guy right now, but it's true. I also doubt I'll remember much about it in a month, other than lots of gore, some cooler-than-average slo-mo shots and Karl Urban's stank face.
If hardcore B-movie actioners are your thing though, you'll probably enjoy this a lot - it's a pretty solid example of its genre.
Ugh this movie is so gorgeous on BluRay. Not only is it one of the best comic book adaptions, but it's one of the most aesthetically pleasing action movies too.
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